Through my lifetime, I have seen too many friends, relatives, colleagues suffer and die, too young, from cancer.
It's a horrible thing to watch someone go through this - the initial diagnosis, the aggressive treatments, cautious optimism, remissions sometimes, wishful thinking, desperate attempts to extend the patient's life, then the realization that, in spite of everything, they are now in an end-of-life situation, a life ending too soon. Seeing the anguish on a person's face as they are telling me their story kills me, being unable to do or say anything to help.
The good news is, a cancer diagnosis is not necessarily the death sentence it used to be, but we have a long way to go.
For this reason, every year I get on my bicycle and ride 66 miles 90 degree heat in the Philadelphia Bike-a-thon to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. I have consistently raised over $1,000 for the past three years and have hit that mark again this year, $1,095 to date. I knew I could count on my friends and family to support my ride and help me fight this disease.
No family should suffer the anguish of losing their mothers, fathers, and other loved ones to cancer. Not one more.
The ride is Sunday, July 13, 2014. If you'd like to help out, you can click on THIS LINK to get to my fundraising page.
Thank you to all who have contributed so far.