When I was growing up my father suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As a child I remember watching him turn from a healthy middle age adult into a much skinnier, significantly more fatigued version of himself. Looking back at family photos he is almost completely unrecognizable. I remember late nights visiting him at the hospital while he underwent chemotherapy, watching as all his hair and big bushy beard fell out, and the countless afternoons where he did not have the energy to move from bed. I also remember however, just how much our community rallied around him. I remember my immediate and extended family coming closer, the summer camp my mother placed me in for kids whose parents suffered from cancer, and all the neighbors who came by to help out around our house. Watching my father undergo cancer treatment had a profound impact on my young life. Just as profound however was the impact of watching my community come together to support him, my mother, my younger sister, and myself.
For this reason I’ve always considered cancer research and awareness incredibly important. For me Texas 4000 is about giving back to the cancer community that did so much to support my family in the past. I ride for my father and all the people that gave us hope along the way.