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I remember being just a few years old and seeing my dad's dad -once a muscular, towering figure- shuffling into the living room with barely enough strength to make the journey of just a few steps from his bed to the couch. My sisters and I were lined up there so that he could see us all "one last time."
My father had told me stories about this man; stories about how he had strung fences, wrangled cattle, and cut down trees from which to build the very house in which we were standing. Yet, here he was, too weak to stand. My child's mind couldn't comprehend that this was the same giant who I had seen in grainy black and white photos with an ax bigger than I was tall slung over his shoulder. Metastatic prostate cancer reduced him to almost nothing before he slipped away.
I remember my mother's dad -also a giant of a man- reduced to me and my parents caring for his bedridden body as he wasted away from lung cancer with carcinomatosis. I remember my two year old son telling everyone in the house "Night-night" until he leaned over my grandfather and whisped "Bye-bye." I still cry when I think about how I tried to correct him to say "good night" instead and he looked at me and said "No, it's bye-bye now." My son was right as my grandfather took his last breath just hours later.
I know that I am not alone. Many, many other people share similar experiences. Almost all of us have lost someone to cancer or have hoped and prayed and feared with someone who is battling cancer.
I'm joining hundreds of others to beat cancer by participating in the Bike to Beat Cancer, a one day cycling event to benefit Norton Cancer Institute. I want to make a difference for the thousands of people in my community touched by cancer. The funds I raise will stay right here, helping with prevention, early detection, research and treatment for this disease.
I ride in memorial of my grandparents, Gene and Helen Thomas, William Lewis Flowe, and in honor of family survivors; my sister Karie and my father in law, Meinrad.
Please support my efforts to build hope and beat cancer! Thank you in advance for your help.