I'm riding: Two Bridges

Team: Bartlett's Bikers

ID: 79541

Lifetime total: $17,750.00

Start time: 8:30 AM - Wave 1


Why I ride: Why do I ride? At this time in 2015, I was extremely active -- lifting weights and riding my bike many miles per week. Experiencing the heartbreaking loss of 2 of my beloved dogs (whom I considered my dearest and closest of friends), I learned my surviving dog Bella, was also sick. I had to lift and carry her, as she could no longer move by herself. I developed an ache in my shoulder which I assumed was from lifting Bella. The severity of the discomfort led me to suspect the possibility of a tear. However, testing over the following 2 weeks revealed the reality - I had cancer - Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. My life changed dramatically.

The journey began in Dr. Bartlett's office: Tests, biopsies, scans, etc., and then onward to the halls of the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. It was a very humbling experience going through chemo. treatments with experimental drugs. I was only the third person in the nation under this new protocol.

My concern was about my kids, grandkids, family, and the impact illness plays in everyone?s lives. I was determined from the beginning not to let cancer dictate what I did with my life or how I lived!

Spending my time between treatments in Florida, I found the ocean and warm temperatures healing and nurturing. Travelling was very difficult, but it was part of my plan to not give in to this disease. I tried to continue riding as best I could, and at times I struggled, but maintained my focus on the prize at the end.

Amongst this chaos, I lost my third pup, sweet Bella. I often wonder if she simply knew I could not care for her any longer. Losing three beloved dogs made me believe I could not go through it again, as the pain from the loss was so great. I missed the love and the commitment that these beautiful animals brought to my life. Today, I have two beautiful new puppies, Teddy & Ellie.

I have met the challenge of cancer and all the ugliness that goes along with it. My cancer is in remission, and I am a very lucky guy.

I have great and endless respect and gratitude to those who have helped in my fight -- you do not go alone.

I ride for all those who can't ride and wish they could get on their bikes. I continue to ride, so that one day we can stand together and say, we beat cancer!.

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.