Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Gravel Grinder

Saturday Start time: 7:00 am

Sunday Start time:

Team: Express Scripts

ID: 145776

Lifetime total: $2,017.91

I am riding In Memory of Clifford Duvall.

I am riding In Honor of Miles.


I am proud to join Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. Pedal the Cause is more than the region's top cycling event. It's a way of life, a celebration, and a movement fueled by the courage to end cancer. Last year was my first year participating in Pedal the Cause and your emotional support and generosity was so awe inspiring that I decided to ride again this year and hope that we will be able to celebrate crossing the finish line together this year. The reason that I am riding has not changed. Take a moment to read who I am riding in memory and honor of and if inspired (especially by Miles recent test results)... consider supporting my effort to make a world without cancer possible.

I am riding in memory of my grandfather, Clifford Duvall, who passed away in 1982 at the age of 60 after a long battle with lymphoma. To this day, I am grateful for the care and compassion that he received and we were afforded by the doctors and nurses at Firmin Desloge Hospital. Treatment at the time included radiation and chemotherapy. Today, thanks in part to some of the local research that is being funded by organizations like Pedal the Cause, treatment also includes targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and stem cell research - all resulting in higher survival rates.

Through the loss of my grandfather and other loved ones and friends through the years, I have learned when we summon the courage to sit with grief, we discover that we are cultivating an environment where thoughts can be heard, where feelings can be felt, and where healing can begin. Not only that, but in stepping out of the confusion that so often accompanies the loss of a loved one, we are better able to connect: with ourselves, with those we have lost, with others who are grieving and, ultimately, with our renewed perspective of the world around us. I think that this is more important than ever as we all grieve the physical, emotional and financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I am also riding in honor of Miles Woodward. Miles is the sweet seven year old son of a teacher at Seckman Highschool where my wife also teaches. At the age of two and a half, Miles was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia or ALL. In September 2019, about three months after ringing the bell, they found evidence that his cancer had returned. On March 10, 2020, Miles underwent a bone marrow transplant and now, a year post surgery, Miles is in REMISSION. The longer he gets from the transplant the better the odds. This latest update embodies the hope that we can have a world without cancer.

Miles' mom in addition to giving hope, remined me of what that renewed perspective of the world looks like when we allow ourselves to sit with our grief: "Enjoy this time together as a family. Remember what God is trying to teach us... slow down and enjoy the little things. Trust in him and put more faith in him."

Thank you in advance for your consideration in supporting me knowing that 100% of the funds raised stay in our area and have helped to fund 98 adult and 32 pediatric innovative cancer research efforts.