I'm riding: PTC Classic

Team: Ameren Focused For Life

ID: 112855

Lifetime total: $1,030.00

Start time: 9:45 AM - Wave 4

I am riding In Memory of Al DeGreeff.

I am riding In Honor of Dottie (my Mom).


This year in additon to my uncles I will be riding in honor of my Mom. Dottie has Amyloidosis cancer. Its a rare disease that causes a build up of abnormal protein in the bone marrow and is destroying her kidneys and heart. After 5 years, she looked like she might be stable but you are never in remission as there is no cure. In the last month she has started chemotherapy and blood transfusions again. Please pray for her.
Dottie Strong.

i come from a really big family. With 9 uncles and aunts and so many cousins that we span 3 decades and even more 2nd cousins that people always ask if we are related. Yes we are related. And we have to rent a hall now so we can all gather on Christmas day because we still like getting all 50 to 70 of us together. At the 2016 Christmas gathering Uncle Al was talking to us about having hip surgery He was nervous but it was impacting his exercising. And his grandson would be turning 1 soon. He looked good. At the MRI in January for his hip they noticed lumps. Al was stage 4 and the cancer was growing fast. By April 2017, Uncle Al passed away. He was in so much pain.

A few months later Uncle Fran passed away(not from cancer). The 2 youngest of the DeGreeff 9. Man, i miss my uncles. They are omnipresent in my heart, mind and soul.

I was looking at pictures tonight on their Facebook profiles and crying. They lived full wonderful but ultimately too short lives.

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