So here we are again. Wouldn't it be nice if the PMC were no longer needed? If cancer were no longer
affecting all of us in some way or another? Well, that's just not the case. Not yet at least.
This year's ride is different from last year's. This year I ride in memory of my father, Neil
Smith, a cancer survivor who passed away far too young as a result of other health problems.
My father's passing reminds me of how important it is to stay active, to stay healthy,
to be a role model to my own son and to others out there.
This year I know that I can do this, I've done it before. I know that I will be incredibly
tired during the ride - especially as I near the end of the 110-mile first day. I know that
the first leg of the second day, riding over the Bourne bridge will be beautiful and painful
all at the same time. I know that the last leg of the second day through the dunes of the cape
will seem like the fastest and slowest of the ride. I know that my blindness will be a
challenge and not being able to see as well as other will cause me stress. Most
importantly I know that through all of this, my challenges will be easier than the challenges
that those battling cancer - those we know personally, those you know personally - are fighting.
Cancer is not OK. It's not ok that my wife and I can count five women we know who have battled
breast cancer, 4 who have battled skin cancer, many more who have battled lung, prostate, pancreatic,
thoracic, cancer of the lymph nodes, stomach, leukemia, etc., etc., etc., too many et cetras... I can
go on and on but I will not. It is not OK.
Here's what is OK. Treatments are becoming kinder to the body, more people are winning the
battle, people are staying alive long enough to see new treatments that give new hope. At the
PMC kickoff event last year I learned about a dear friend, a fellow rider, who had beaten the
crap out of Leukemia less than a year earlier unbeknonnst to most of his friends. It was a
great reminder of why I was riding. He was treated at the Farber. Donations allow the doctors
and researchers to make even more strides to helping people like him.
Last year I tried to mention the initials of those we know who have fought cancer.
This year the list is even longer, so I'm not going to do it again. Just know that there are
too many - and it's not ok.
So I humbly ask for your help meeting my $5,000 goal this year. Any and all donations will
help - please never think you aren't giving "enough" - anything you can give is enough.
Thanks for visiting, I ride in honor of you all, and those you love, on August 4th & 5th.