Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Metric Century

Start time: 7:15 am

Team: Express Scripts

ID: 47807

Lifetime total: $10,828.48

I am riding In Memory of Ken Biske, Tony Ryan, and Dan Whelan.

I am riding In Honor of Andrea Biske, Kim Biske, and Tom Kish.


This will be my ninth year riding in Pedal the Cause and this one, once again, hits home at a very personal level.

Two days before PTC 2022, my wife received a diagnosis of breast cancer. The tears flowed from my eyes as my daughter and I wrote her name on the "big board" at the event. She was there at the finish line for the first time as we completed our fifty mile bike ride. I've been with her every step of the way on her treatment journey from chemotherapy, to surgery, to radiation treatments, and the continued care that she is receiving. I now have a first hand view into the world of the family caregiver, and the indescribable impact that treatments have on cancer sufferers. Sometimes there is nothing more that can be said than, "I just don't feel right" or "I just don't feel normal".

As a colleague at work told me, while there's never a good time to get a cancer diagnosis, there has never been a better time to be diagnosed than now. We are so fortunate that highly successful treatments exist for my wife's cancer, and I'm happy that her treatment has been going very well. But that's not to say that the road has been easy. When we hear great news stories of increasing long term survival rates, it's easy for someone without personal experience to diminish the impact of a cancer diagnosis. It's not a situation of "just take two pills and you'll be fine." While survival rates are vastly improved, the treatment is still incredibly difficult. Recovery is not measured in days and weeks, it's measured in months and years.

I've lost friends to cancer. I have friends who lost their children or spouses to cancer. I lost my Dad to cancer. I also have friends and family who are fighting cancer (the fight never stops) and are winning. My wife is winning. I have family that had nearly lost hope but due to NEW medications through the research funded by efforts like Pedal the Cause are now finding new hope and seeing good results.

I want more people to keep winning, and I want fewer people to ever have to begin the fight. This is why I ride. 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Please consider sponsoring me on my ride.