I am joining the effort to help accelerate cures for cancer by raising funds at Padres Pedal the Cause 2024. 100% of every dollar raised funds collaborative research among San Diego's top research institutions:
- UC San Diego Health
- Rady Children's Hospital
- Salk Institute
- Sanford Burnham Prebys
- Scripps Research
- La Jolla Institute of Immunology
With over $21 million raised to date, Padres Pedal the Cause has already funded 80+ innovative research grants in all types of cancer.
Please consider supporting me with a donation of any amount that is meaningful to you.
Now more specific:
I am continuing to join the fight against cancer by once again participating with Curebound/ Padres Pedal the Cause event. On April 07, 2024 I plan to cycle the 55 mile route. I joined the Cancer Kickers team to gain power in numbers and friendly support. My usual riding partner Melissa will not be joining me this year as she will have just had a newborn baby boy who will accompany her, my wife Theresa, and a couple of close friends for the 5K concurrent event. That’s right, I will be a new grandpa soon! Another milestone and reason to live!
Although I am a health care professional (retired), I have personal experience in what is also involved in being cancer survivor. I have undergone multiple surgeries and ablative procedures for a Stage IV aggressive sarcoma with multiple lung metastases over the past 9 years. I have also undergone radiation therapy as well as chemotherapy. I have had some of the best care available and take an active role in it. I am otherwise very healthy and have always been active and keep a positive fighting attitude. I continue to be strong and hopefully can be a positive example to others as well as contribute to the fight through this cause. I am also free from a Stage II melanoma for over 30 years.
We all have friends and family who have in some way been touched by cancer. I ride for some that I know or have known personally and also for all of the cancer community. It is our goal that research funded by Curebound/ Padres Pedal the Cause will lead to increased survivorship and quality of life and ultimately accelerate toward an end point being cures for cancer.
We made it through some trying times with COVID and unfortunately cancer did not take a break. Coronaviruses and other viruses are still around but as we learn more and novel therapies have been developed, there are fewer severe and deadly cases. With similar technologies and the input of research and great minds, perhaps cancers will become very treatable and curable!
While I am not usually enthusiastic about personally asking for donations, I stand by and support this great cause. The program continues to grow and assist with remarkable research and therapies. I will do all that I can personally stay well and strong and continue to support this cause one pedal stroke at a time!
Please help me in this charge to raise money for Curebound/ Padres Pedal the Cause by making a donation. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to fund life-saving cancer research.
Thank you again!