Cancer affects everyone. Even if you, a close relative, your friends, or your friends of friends have not encountered cancer face to face, it is still there and hurting those around us. According to the National Cancer Institute, 38.4% of all people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but 100% of all people get sick at some point in their lives, so what is it about this 38.4% that makes us ride year after year from Austin to Alaska? Well, my grandfather was one of the 38.4%, and he did not get well soon. In January of 2001, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and in June of 2002, after bravely fighting months longer than the median 8 month survival time of a stage 4 lung cancer patient, he succumbed to his battle with cancer. I say this however, not knowing how cancer truly affected my life. I was fortunate enough to have been spared the sadness of slowly watching my grandfather pass before my eyes, but I still missed out on a lifetime of memories with the man who was the role model of my role model, my dad. And so, when I ride against cancer, I ride for my grandfather, and the brave individuals fighting or who have fought the unimaginable fight, who have experienced what no others should. I ride for my family, and the families who harbor a pain like no other. And most importantly, I ride for the eradication of cancer and the pain that it has caused for too many of us.
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