I'm riding: PTC Classic

Team: ABB Power

ID: 47927

Lifetime total: $10845.0000


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.

It takes world-class research to create a world without cancer. Please help me in this journey by donating to my ride, and give with confidence knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. My company, ABB Inc., has a foundation that supports events like this. The ABB Foundation will support our team to help amplify our impact.

Just in case you're interested, here are some of the details in my personal fight against cancer. There's a link to a youtube video at the end of the text that helps tell my story.

In the fall of 2009 I had a persistent mole on the top of my right ear that started bleeding and wouldn't heal. A biopsy indicated melanoma, and we knew it was serious. Just before Christmas, I had the melanoma removed from my ear. The pathology on the surrounding tissue and biopsy of three sentinel lymph nodes in his neck came back clear. I had follow-up visits with my oncologist and dermatologist every few months. In January 2010, I was told that I should continue to see the doctors every 6 months. We were grateful and thought we'd dodged the proverbial bullet.

In February 2012, my family started to notice that I was having mental memory lapses and speech hesitations. I was fatigued and quiet - pretty unusual for me. My wife decided to take be into the Trauma Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis on Good Friday, 2012. After initial tests were completed that evening, we received the bad news of a tumor in the left side of my brain right in the middle of the speech, motor control and memory areas. Over the course of additional testing the next few days, we learned that I also had a sizeable tumor in his adrenal gland above the right kidney, and it had spread into my kidney and through my lymph system to many lymph nodes. To sum things up, it seems that the single melanoma removed from the top of my right ear back in 2009 had been dormant and suddenly cropped back up and had spread into Stage IV metastatic melanoma.

I had an all-day brain surgery (awake craniotomy) on Thursday, April 26th and had my right adrenal gland and kidney removed through an abdominal surgery on May 18. A DVT (blood clot) appeared in my right leg two days before the abdominal surgery. A Greenfield filter was inserted in the inferior vena cava to lower the risk if the clot broke loose. At the time, we did not know that cancer also increases chance of blood clots, helping to explain why the DVT appeared. Recovery from the brain surgery turned out to be a breeze. But the abdominal surgery had me down for more than a month.

To deal with the spreading metastatic melanoma, systemic treatment with ipilimumab (Yervoy) took place through four doses, three weeks apart, during the summer of 2012. The Yervoy treatment appears to have been very effective in modifying my immune system to attack the melanoma. Follow-up PET scans continue to show success, to a point that cancer is no longer detectable.

The leading edge research funded by events like Pedal The Cause has become a bit of a passion for me. I'm praying that out of the box treatment breakthroughs like mine will soon take place to help others. Thanks so much for your support.

All my love, Craig


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