To my family and I, cancer has been a story of perseverance. My daughter Liz was at a corporate meeting three years ago, and had a seizure. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. Today after having that mass removed, she is in remission and playing softball (among other things in a healthy lifestyle).
- My partner, Doreen Stark, has recently celebrated her fourth year anniversary of remission from Stage 3 colon cancer just recently
- My Pledge father Bob Thorndike is my inspiration here in 2018
- My cousin, Dave Emerson, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February of 1994, at the young age of 34, and has been cancer free since 1999.
- My grandfather, Scott Mueller, fought Cancer of the bladder with "his bag" for over a decade while Marilyn Dickey, his daughter, is a breast cancer survivor. After surgery and a year of chemo, The treatments are excruciating and the fatigue is constantly ongoing. Last year I added to my ride in memory to Sheff and Bobbi Sweet, Christine Finnegan, and Janet Baker who like to many young mothers left her children at young ages from breast cancer.
The fight of each of these people and the success research has made in the pursuits of cures is influencial. Right here in Cleveland, this spirit is the epicenter with The Cleveland Clinic and a world class team leading the research charge.
In loving memory of my grandfather and in honor of Liz, Marilyn, Dave, and Doreen and the others, I will be biking 197 miles for my fourth time at the Fifth annual Cleveland Clinic VeloSano - Bike Ride for a Cure. Yes, that is right -- 197 miles in two days! This year I add to my tribute my pledge father at Sigma Pi Bob Thorndike who continues a very valiant fight against multiple cancers.
VeloSano is more than a fundraising event...it's more than simply a bike ride; VeloSano is a movement. Due to great sponsors like you, 100% of the money I raise will go to continuing the support of lifesaving cancer research at The Cleveland Clinic. Since 1921, The Cleveland Clinic has been on the forefront of cancer breakthroughs. They are ranked top in the nation for their cancer center and are more than dedicated to finding a cure, having opened last year their new cancer research and patient center. Ultimately, the goal is to bring sustainable funding to cancer research and we can help by enlisting our passion and energy in biking for a cure with your help.
Can you give a dollar for each mile I bike to support the cause? Or a gift to support the utimate goal of finding a cure. Every donation makes a difference.
I am constantly adding others to my cause and my purpose. If there is someone else whom you would like me to ride in honor or memory of, please let me know. I would be more than happy to help give you the same hope. Please friends, let me know your loved ones for whom I shall dedicate my ride as well.
Thank you for your time, donation, and energy.