This is my second year participating in Obliteride. For those who supported me last year, my story is largely unchanged because the characters, obstacles, and challenges remain largely unchanged. I choose to Oblideride for three very specific reasons:
Cancer sucks – I lost my mother after her long battle with cancer. I was 16. she was only 46, two years younger than I am today. Both of us we're too young.
I need a goal – I've been trying desperately for years to get back on the bike and I seem to fall into the same pattern year after year. Training and racing were always the driving factors for staying fast and fit. I don't race anymore, and I need a goal to work towards that will require me to be not necessarily fast, but somewhat fit.
My bike is my oxygen mask – i've been told that I'm only happy when I'm constantly riding. My children ask me daily if I'm riding to work, or taking the train (it's usually the train) because they see the positive effect it has on me. I want to be a better father and husband. When I don't ride, I am unable to effectively be either for the people stuck living with me.
So after 6 years (give or take) off the bike, I've committed to ride 100+ miles and raise $2500 (give or take) to benefit the cancer research at Fred Hutch.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 'In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 609,640 people will die from the disease.' Sadly, half of all men and one third of all women in the U.S. will get cancer in their lifetime.
I believe sound research is the fastest path to curing cancer, and I also believe the team at Fred Hutch can get us there. Fred Hutch is learning more about cancer prevention, diagnostics and treatment and Obliteride can help us get to cures faster. More than 300 labs and projects are working hard to save the lives of people all over the world by conducting innovative, high-impact cancer research.
On August 10th, I will ride for my mom, for my family, for my sanity, and for all of the people in my life who have been affected by cancer.
Please join me in this effort to put cancer in its place, behind us.