In February 1996, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease type 2A. Six months later, thanks to the great staff at the University of Rochester Cancer Center, my oncologist Dr. Louis Constine, and the support of my family and friends, I had finished radiation treatments.
Today, my remarkable wife Michele, our daughter Shannon, and I live in Baltimore. In March 2011, the Hodgkins Lymphoma returned and my battle with cancer was renewed. On September 27th, 2011, I received my final chemo treatment. My last PET scan showed I was cancer-free.
Here is a little more detail about my life with cancer and the Pan Mass Challenge:
February 1996: Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
July 1996: Finished radiation treatment
July 2001: 5-years clean bill of health = cured!
2006: year 10 – helped raise money for my Harpoon colleague, friend, and PMC rider Jaime Schier.
In year 2008…. year 12 – ride the PMC again, faster, better, stronger, and raise 50% more money than in 2007.
2009… year 13 – hosted 1st Soccer Tourney as fundraiser for PMC! Had a nice PMC ride! Became a dad!
2010… year 14 – moved to Baltimore, survived the PMC despite a lack of training, and raised $7,000 for PMC
2011…. YEAR 15: Fundraising Goal = $7,500. Then on March 30, we found out that the Hodgkins Lymphoma had returned. On September 27th, I had my 12th and final chemo treatment.
2012 – Recovery from cancer treatment goes very slowly. Able to ride part of the PMC.
2013 – Is it Year 17 or Year 2? It doesn’t matter anymore. All that matters to me is that I am riding the PMC again and I crushed it! And on top of having my 2 greatest days ever on a bicycle, everyone stepped up their donations — $8,900!
MORE TO MY STORY
I wrote this as my original post on my PMC page in May 2007.
It has been 11 years (Feb. 1996) since I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease type 2A. Six months later, thanks to the great staff at the Univ. of Rochester Cancer Center, my oncologist Dr. Louis Constine, and the support of my family and friends, I had finished radiation treatments.
Today, my remarkable wife Michele (that is me and Michele on our trip to Spain at right) inspires me and helps me set high goals. This year….year 11 – the goal is to ride the PMC!
My family has had many battles with cancer. My mom, and her mom and sister, my paternal grandfather and grandmother, and myself have all battled cancer; cancer has had a major impact on my life and family. Unfortunately, we just lost my courageous Aunt Norma on July 1st after her long battle against this horrible disease.
Last year, I helped my colleague Jaime Schier raise funds for his ride and through my job at Harpoon Brewery got to spend the weekend at Sturbridge and Bourne, pouring beers and getting inspired by all of the riders and their stories. If you have never been to the PMC, either as a rider, as a volunteer, or as a spectator, it is something to behold. Someday, it is my dream, and my hope, that we can make it so that no one has to ride to beat cancer, because the mission will be accomplished. One day, that is my dream.
When I ride the PMC, my thoughts will be with my aunt, my mom, my grandfather, and the many people who are battling and surviving cancer today. My ride is for them. Because, I believe that we can beat cancer and that it can happen in my lifetime, in great part due to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the PMC.
Please help make that dream come true. Cheers and thanks for your support!