This is a picture of my Dad and me when I was a toddler. Pictures are all I have left of my dad. You see, when I was only seven, my Dad died of Leukemia. My memories of my dad are mostly from what others tell me about my Dad and the man he was. It was clear that he loved me and my brothers and sister very much. He did not want to die and leave us, particularly when we were so young and really needed a Dad. Looking back now at the treatment protocol at that time, I think it was just horrific that kids my age were not even allowed to go up to the hospital room to visit and sit with my Dad and for Dad to be able to hug and hold me and my brothers and sister in the very last days of his life. Fortunately, we have come a long way with treatment and family caring protocol and hopefully finding a cure to this and other dreadful C diseases.
Since I really did not have the benefit of having a Dad when I was growing up I vowed to myself that if I was ever fortunate enough to have kids of my own, that I would do everything I possibly could to be involved with my kids. My three kids all graduated from Ohio University and are employed making me very proud. We had wonderful times and experiences together as a family. I made sure I was a big part of it all. I like to think that my kids have benefitted from our experiences because Dad has been and is around and he is someone they can really count on.
I am riding the Peletonia to raise money to find a cure for cancer. The James Hospital here at OSU is a leading institution for research and patient and family care. The James knows how to treat the patient and the family. The James is involved in cutting edge research towards finding a cure. Help me raise some funds that can help find the cure. Help me to do my part to assure that kids get to know their Moms and Dads. I will most definitely do my part in my efforts but I need your help. We have a very formidable opponent. Every dollar counts in this fight. Thanks.