I told my wife, “I think I need to go to Austin and ride 100 miles on a bike.”
“You... what?” she answered.
An inexperienced fundraiser, I was drawn to the mission of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and so grateful for its effect on me, it was easy to ask people to support the cause. I bought a Trek road bicycle and rode my first metric century, 62 miles, in a local organized cycling event as practice for what I knew was my inevitable trip to Texas.
I have a cause.
In May 2004, the LIVESTRONG wristband was launched, and I have worn one ever since. In July, I joined the group Cyclists Combating Cancer. That October, I took my bike to Austin, met amazing role models face to face, and completed the 100-mile Ride for the Roses course.
I’m part of a community.
Two years into surveillance, my CT scan indicated a recurrence, and I had laparoscopic RPLND surgery in June 2005. I was able to avoid chemotherapy, but a side effect after surgery called chylous ascites made my abdomen fill with lymphatic fluid like a water balloon, kept me out of work for three months, landed me in the emergency room with sepsis, and forced me to endure seven weeks with no food by mouth. I insisted I would keep my commitment to the Ride for the Roses for a second year, and fortunately my condition resolved just in time for that October trip. My wife and I traveled to Austin together, and I rode the 25-mile route, scrawny but determined.
Since then, I’ve remained cancer free, but my life has not. Close to home and around the globe, family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues have had other cancers: brain, breast, colon, kidney, lymphoma, pancreatic, skin, throat, thyroid, and on and on. Cancer is relentlessly unfair. Attacking the disease isn't sufficient; people need to heal.
Every day, through the TC-Cancer support forum, Cyclists Combating Cancer, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, I’m connected. I’ve met many instant friends, who understand. I’ve raised $75,000 and ridden hundreds of miles for the fight against cancer. I’ve advocated on Capitol Hill and in my community and accepted every call to volunteer I possibly can.
I can't stand by and watch. I need to help. I’m a survivor.
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