Last May, I began treatment for throat cancer. Over the course of 7 weeks, I underwent 35 blasts of radiation and 3 courses of chemotherapy. It was uncomfortable but I survived and my tumor disappeared. For far too many cancer patients, their journeys and outcomes are much more problematic than mine. To help them and make cancer survival a better, more promising proposition, I'm participating in this event. Further than I've ever ridden before, I'll take a stab at my first century (100 miles) on July 29th.

Your support for my ride will help cancer survivors of all ages in so many ways - from summer camp for children to college for teenagers and confidence-building adventure trips for young adults to programs in exercise and nutrition for all ages at the groundbreaking Mission Training Center.

The programs funded by the CT Challenge Ride were renamed Mission in 2017 to better position them as a flagship for cancer survivors everywhere. Mission exists to inspire everyone who has stared down cancer to live a fuller life, with newfound strength and purpose. There are no limits. See more at yourmission.org 

I hope you will support my efforts by making a secure online donation by clicking on the "Donate Now" button or by printing out a donor form and sending it in with a check (click here for the form).

One of the biggest motivators for me in getting through my treatment, was the desire to return to an active lifestyle. In the picture above, I'm several weeks into treatment and about 20 pounds below my "healthy" weight. Exercise helped me get to a better place, with your help I'd like to pass that opportunity on to other cancer survivors through this program. 

Thank you so much. Together, we're changing lives. 

Jim

 

 

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