I hope all is well and 2011 is off to a great start.
For the past four years, I have participated in ‘Cycle-For-Survival’, a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center fundraiser. It's an indoor cycling event where 100% of every dollar raised will benefit life-saving treatment research for orphan cancers like mine. Less common but equally dangerous, these cancers do not attract anywhere near the research funding and, therefore, cures are even more elusive.
Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2006 it has been a journey, albeit one with a great many bumps along the road. All things considered, I am still very lucky. Over these past few years, I have met other cancer “Thrivers”. We all share an incredible sense of hope and optimism that one day this horrible disease will be eradicated and that the pain, anguish, and suffering for patients and their loved ones will cease.
I am taking this challenge seriously, and I can tell you that now more than ever I want to be a part of the effort to search for a solution. Before my diagnosis, I was actively raising money for cancer research, but in reality, cancer was a concept, a ‘bad’ thing that was happening to ‘other people’. Today, I am a patient. Today, I know other patients and we understand the importance of cancer in an all-too intimate way. I cherish every conversation about tomorrow, and I know you all agree that the best tomorrow will be one that's cancer free.
Also, check out the video my friend Sharon compiled of Paul's Posse and the Pan-Mass Challenge.