Why I ride
I ride in honor of my son, Jared Lujan, the ultimate Google Eyed Warrior who fought a three year battle with cancer that ended on April 4, 2006. To honor his life, courageous battle and the hospital that made such a difference during this battle, we setup Jared’s Google Eyed Warrior Team sixteen years ago to ride in the Children’s Hospital Courage Classic. For more information about Jared and his battle, see our Jared Google-Eyed Warriors Team website or his memorial website at http://jaredlujan.memory-of.com/.
Please donate to honor the hospital that helps kids like Jared battle cancer!
I can't believe it has been 16 years since Jared lost his battle with cancer. Each day I miss him and wonder how tall he would be or which college he would be attending or would he be working in his first real job? Then, I think how much cancer sucks and what it takes from this world!
It makes me motivated to raise as much money as I can to help stop child-hood cancer! All my donations will go to the Colorado Children's Hospital Cancer Center who researches how to stop child-hood cancer as well as treats and supports families battling cancer!
My personal goal is $5000. Because 1 in 285 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer by time they turn 20, I know that many of us have personal stories about a child we know who battled or is currently battling this disease.
So for me, I am motivated by the thought of other children struggling with this disease or moms who may have the chance to spend a life time or even one more day with their child with cancer!
So, will you help me meet my goal by making a tax-free donation to my Courage Classic ride in July? You can also forward this informaiton to all of your contacts and ask them to help!
Before Jared passed, he made me promise to "live, love and never give up"! Let's all live up to this promise and help others live through their battle with cancer, feel loved from those they may not know but are helping them, and give them hope to never give up their dream to be cancer-free!
Our family started Jared's Google Eyed Warriors team in memory of Jared Lujan, the ultimate Google Eyed Warrior. Jared battled cancer for almost 3 years with the help of the amazing staff at the Children's Hospital. We also ride for those people like Jared who are battling or who have battled cancer in the past. We also honor our teammate Arlene who rode with us for six years while also battling cancer. She recently joined Jared in heaven. Please join our team or donate in Jared's and Arlene's memory.
Jared was a warrior who battled cancer bravely and with all his might. But he also had an amazing sense of humor and the ability to do "Google Eyes" that he used to lighten the hardest of days with family and hospital staff.
This link is to a website that has more information about Jared and his battle with cancer, faith in God, life, and death. http://jaredlujan.memory-of.com
Biking was one of the things Jared could do after getting out of the hospital from a bone marrow transplant. He said he loved how free it made him feel.
Jared toward the end of his life used the song "We Live" by Superchick (some lyrics below) to have us promise him to be like this song - Honor God and his life by living, loving, and never giving up!
So, believe me, this song plays a lot during the ride up the mountain passes. This is why the Lujan family and our teammates have been riding in the Courage Classic since his death 16 years ago (April 4, 2006).
See Jared Lujan on youtube https://youtu.be/znBYW49vidk. There is a five minute video that includes lots of good memories from the Children's Hospital.
We hope that that you will join us by donating or joining our team to continue to provide hope to other children like Jared and help us honor his memory and the hospitall that made such a difference in his life and death.
We Live Lyrics
There's a cross on the side of the road
Where a mother lost a son
How could she know that the morning he left
Would be their last time she'd trade with him for a little more time
So she could say she loved him one last time
And hold him tight
But with life we never know
When we're coming up to the end of the road
So what do we do then
With tragedy around the bend?
We live we love
We forgive and never give up
'cause the days we are given are gifts from above
Today we remember to live and to love
The Denver Post did a special obituary on Jared which quoted a few of his Children's Hospital Oncology doctors. It was amazing to be surrounded by such outstanding medical staff during Jared's 3 year battle with cancer. Below is a portion of his obituary. http://www.denverpost.com/2006/04/08/ill-boy-embraced-faith-childhood/
Ill boy embraced faith, childhood
By Claire Martin
April 8, 2006 at 12:44 pm
During the last weeks of his life, 10-year-old Jared Carlos Lujan and his family treated his impending death akin to the way other families might prepare for indefinitely long trips to an unfamiliar country.
“We have all eternity to spend together,” he told his family in February, after learning that his cancer, an especially aggressive form of acute myelogenous leukemia, was resisting treatment. He died Tuesday at his Roxborough home.
Planning the music for his final celebration of life, he chose songs from Christian bands including the Newsboys and Chris Rice, along with “Go the Distance,” a song from the Disney movie “Hercules.” It became a soundtrack throughout his treatment. He especially liked these lyrics:
“Down an unknown road/ To embrace my fate/ Though the road may wander/ It will lead me to you/ And a thousand years/ Would be worth the wait/ It may take a lifetime/ But somehow I’ll see it through.”
The words carried him through chemotherapy, recovery and his decision to stop everything but palliative therapy.
“That song had so many meanings for us,” said his mother, Angela Lujan. “First, it had the promise of being normal again after the chemo and operations. And finally, it was about going home to God.”
Slender, with flushed pink cheeks and dark hair, Jared wore a GodStrong plastic band on his wrist, a version of Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong band. He cherished a T-shirt printed “Vote for Jesus,” a Christian spin on the “Vote for Pedro” campaign featured in the film “Napoleon Dynamite,” whose script Jared could quote from memory.
“The whole family has a very strong faith, and that’s really grounded them in getting through a terrible, terrible time,” said oncologist Sue Lindemulder, who worked with the Lujans since Jared’s initial diagnosis on Aug. 11, 2003.
“Jared was aware he was dying. With Jared, we’ve been upfront. He’s too smart to get anything past him; you can’t even try. His parents have prepared him for everything in life, and they feel like they’ve helped prepare him for this. They don’t want him to be afraid, and I don’t think he is.”
Before his first chemotherapy session, he shaved his head save for a mohawk and mustered a sneer for a pre-chemo photo.
“He didn’t let the disease interfere with his childhood,” said oncologist Brian Greffe.
“At the same time, he was wise beyond his years. Most kids his age want us to talk to their parents. Jared really wanted to hear what was being said, even when we realized the leukemia was relapsing, and he did not have good options.”
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