I decided to ride Pelotonia for many of the same reasons you will see on many of the other participants sites, because not only has cancer touched my life, but more specifically, The James has touched my life. I was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma in the spring of 2008, about a month after my twin brother (Wade) was diagnosed. Since my farthest memory Wade and I had been together just as we would go together through this disease. Our fights against this disease were very different. Wade was not a candidate for chemotherapy or other types of aggressive treatment, I was. After a year and half of chemotherapy without success I went to The James to have a stem cell transplant. It was at The James that I met several of the real heroes fighting this disease. The nurses and doctors in the trenches. They were, and still are, angels. Without first-hand experience words cannot explain the love, strength, and determination these angels can give you.
It was nine years ago that I left The James, and my scans have all been negative since. I owe my life, literally, to the work and research being conducted at The James. I am thankful for every moment I have been given.
Wade lost his fight to cancer. That is really why am I riding in Pelotonia. Not because I want to prove something to myself, not to show people that cancer is not a death sentence. I am riding because I know first-hand what miracles The James can perform, and with help, maybe they will discover a way to help people like Wade, or any of the people who have lost their fight against this disease. We have all lost someone too early to this disease. We all know that the world is a little less beautiful because of these losses. It is time for us to do our part. Most of us do not have the ability to discover new methods to fight cancer. But, all of us have the ability to help those that do.
Please know that all donations go directly to research at the James. No matter the amount you will make a difference. A difference that will help someone...save someone. If you are reading this odds are that you know someone who it saved. I thank you for your help.