Why I Ride:
When my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in the fall of 2002 it was an absolute shock. It didn't make sense that something like this could happen to an otherwise healthy guy with no warning signs. He was an athletic, strong person who never showed any weakness or distress before his diagnosis. Now he was in a hospital clinging to life. For the first few days after an emergency surgery he remained in a coma while we clung to our loved ones and hoped for a recovery. When he opened his eyes, the first thing he asked was "Who won the World Series?" and my love of baseball was solidified from that day on.
My dad went on to live four meaningful years and showed up each day of his life with resilience and passion for living. He fought tooth and nail to live on for his family. Through it all he was his loving and charming self as usual, even cracking jokes to make me laugh. He selflessly brought so much joy into everyone's lives until his final breath.
I try to live every day the way he did and to never hold anything back. He taught me to show your loved ones what they mean to you and to appreciate the little moments in life that make everything brighter. This goal that I work towards, A WORLD WITHOUT CANCER, is for him. To show him that I am fighting back and not letting cancer win.
Padres Pedal donates 100% of donations directly to fund collaborative, ground-breaking cancer research at 4 world-class institutions here in San Diego. The results are unparalleled and the research is saving lives every day. Fathers, brothers, daughters, sons, mothers, lives that would not have been saved without this type of research. Donate now to help stop this disease from taking more fathers at a far too early age.
LIFE ISN'T MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS YOU TAKE, BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY.
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Tuesday, Aug 1 2017
Early Bird Deadline
Friday, Sep 1 2017
Deadline to Commit to Incentive Levels
Saturday, Nov 11 2017
Padres Pedal Event Weekend
Wednesday, Dec 20 2017
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