Why I Participate:
I believe cancer is one of those ubiquitous realities that touches nearly every person. I doubt there is a person who will read this that has not been affected by cancer in some way. Personally, I have lost a grandfather to this affliction and witnessed my older brother undertake an immense fight against a particularly deadly bought of stage 4 cancer. Watching him strive through the brutal process of modern day cancer treatments that ravaged his body and psyche, while ultimately saving his life, was by collateral exposure, a defining moment of my adult life. To this day, I can only imagine how the experience was for him, or how it has changed his path through life. There is a component of fear with cancer; fear that one day I, like so many, will fall victim to it; fear that it will return to dispatch another loved one. This fear is not unfounded and is probably shared by any who take a moment to consider the disease. However, there is hope also. When I consider where cancer treatment was 50, 25, or even just 10 years ago I am amazed by the progress that has been made. Had my brother been diagnosed only 10 or 15 years prior to when he was, it is likely, even given the incredible fortitude he displayed, that he would have succumbed to the disease. Instead, he not only survived, but with the help of modern advances, has thrived in the aftermath of cancer. Today he is a firefighter in storm stricken Wilmington, NC helping others navigate their own tragedies. If we continue the march forward, then we are increasing the prevalence of stories like my brother's; a story of survival, growth, and life. This is an endeavor I believe in and why I have chosen to participate in the Padres Pedal the Cause. Also, I like cycling with friends :-)
100% of donations are tax deductible, and due to the incredible generosity of sponsors covering all of the administrative costs, 100% of donations go directly to cancer research institutions in the San Diego area.