I'm riding: Big Hitter

Team: Ride BBD

ID: 79213

Lifetime total: $21610.0000

Start time: 8:15 am - Wave 3

I am riding In Memory of Elise Mars.


I am riding this year for a lot of reasons. The call on 11/6/15 changed my life. I am proud to say that I am now 24+ months cancer free. 9/24-25/16 changed the way I looked at things. Pedal The Cause created that fire in me to ride, to get healthy and make a difference. Through this event I was able to reach out and connect with so many people who feel the same. I am a survivor and I know so many more who are and who are also battling this terrible disease. Pedal The Cause helps you pay it forward, to help fight and to change peoples lives. Last year my wife and I started our first Friends and Family Team. We had a total of 9 riders on Team Ride BBD which stands for Big Black Dog (our Rex). This year we have to date 13 riders and it is our honor to ride for our new friend Gabe (see his picture above). Meet Gabe:

Gabe, 8 - diagnosis - Spinal Meningioma
Gabe loves Legos, playing outside, racing BMX, and making YouTube videos. He is a huge fan of Imagine Dragons and Five Nights at Freddy's. Gabe was diagnosed January 4, 2018 and had a laminectomy the following day after being flown to Children's. A follow-up MRI showed more growth, so he had an angiogram to block an artery surrounded by the tumor on February 27 and a suboccipital craniotomy on February 28. His neck was too unstable due to the amount of bone removed, so he had a cervical occipital fusion on March 6. Gabe spent eight days in the hospital the first time, two weeks the second time, and is currently undergoing 31 rounds of IMRT radiation. His brother and sister are staying with their grandparents at home in Springfield, so the family is 200 miles apart. His family just keeps looking to the future. Gabe hasn't stopped smiling and being positive through it all. He hopes to get back on his bike when this is all over and make YouTube videos when he's older. Gabe is an inspiration to so many people. The future holds great things for him. Gabe and his family would like to help raise money for continuing research to help others.

So please donate to my ride to help support Gabe and his battle. As you can see from his pictures he is an amazing little guy fighting with a smile on his face. His world has been turned upside down this year and I am sure knowing that the support we can give to him and his family goes a very long way.

Remember, every bike is a cancer curing bike!

Thank you! Doug