On Wednesday, November 29, 2016 my son was suddenly diagnosed with testicular cancer. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 he was in the operating room for surgery at age 22. After surgery, he underwent nine weeks of chemotherapy treatment. In less than one month of his symptoms, the cancer had already spread to multiple lymphnodes in his abdomen. As I am writing this testimony, he is scheduled for a Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (RPLND) in April.
This is not the first time cancer has personally effected me in my lifetime. When I was seven, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, which resulted in him having to have his left lung removed. When I was 12, he was diagnosed again with cancer; this time in the lymphnodes in his neck. This resulted in another surgery and many cobalt radiation treatments. When I was in my 20's, he was diagnosed with colon cancer resulting in surgical removal of the tumor.
My mother was also effected by cancer. When I was in my early 30's, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, resulting in a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments.
As you can see, cancer has impacted my life for as long as I can remember. I have seen first hand how cancer effects not only the patient, but also the family and friends around them. It is not as if your loved one had fallen and skinned their knee, and you can be of assistance. As a father and son you are helpless. All you can do is sit back and watch, trust what the professionals advise and leave the rest in God's hands. It is time to put a stop to this dreaded disease!
"This Is Why I Ride"
How far will you go for the cure? The bottom line is that cancer research leads to new treatments and more cures. This is what VeloSano is all about. It’s a bike ride but more importantly it’s a fundraiser. What makes VeloSano unique is that every dollar I raise is applied to cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.
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