To my family and friends,
As I enter into year 5 of riding season, it is with a heavy heart. I was reminded this week once again just why I ride. A friend's son relapsed and has found he may be out of options for treatment. This is not okay. I am not sad, I literally feel defeated that at this point we are not doing better. It is unacceptable that the survival rates are not better, and kinder, safer treatments are not available. I can not continue to watch more of my friends lose children. Seeing my grieving friends is painful enough. I want better for these children. I know that treatment and research require massive amounts of dollars and I once again come to you asking for anything you can give to support my ride.
I never say I am grateful for what my son's cancer brought me, but through a twisted turn of events it brought me this guy, David Kling and for that I am forever grateful. This year we ride to honor Dave's son Trevor. Trevor brought smiles to everyone he met and fought hard through his battle with Anaplastic Astrocytoma ( a cruel form of Brain Cancer). Trevor's final wish was just attending high school. Let that sink in. That is the real world of Cancer. Just to have a normal day. Trevor passed when he was 15years old. The average years lost for a child with Pediatric Cancer is 70 years. This is why I ride.
I found this Wheels Family that has carried me and supported me for years now since my son, Daniel was diagnosed at 14. Thankfully, because Daniel's Doctor's never stopped looking for answers when they didn't know what to do for him medically, and Dr. Bob Casey never let Daniel down when he emotionally needed the support, the world still has him. I still have my son today. I have more gratitude than most people will ever know. My way to answer in thanks is to take action for this cause. It is my mission to stop others' loss and pain. If this is the only way I can help, then I will push myself as hard as I can and continue to ask for funding. When you support my ride, every penny goes directly to the Center For Cancer And Blood Disorder (7th floor) at Children's Hospital Colorado, and more importantly research for cures and better treatment, as well as the Wellness Program, which I feel is so tremendously crucial.
Dave and I have been tightly bonded and pushing each other since the day we met at the Courage Classic. We have connection unlike many. We push each other over hills and hurdles both physically and emotionally. That is what this "Framily" does. I can't ever know Dave's pain because I still have my son. I don't want this for anyone. I have seen what it has done to him and his family. I know what it has done to mine. This is why I ride.
If you can help again this year please give whatever you can. As always, I would ask you to come out and fundraise and ride yourself, but why? It is really fucking hard. Leave that to me. We are the Survivors, the Caregivers, the Team that pushes, and pedals through the pain so that you don't have to do it. Please consider a donation to my 5th ride.
This year we ride for Trevor!
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