I Ride For Heather
On March 1, 2022, Heather's cancer fight ended; Aron's fight has just begun
The night before she died, I promised Heather that I would continue the fight for her.
I will fight for the next husband, wife, parent or child to have better treatment options for their loved ones.
I will fight so that more families can have early detection while the cancers are still curable.
I will fight for better care of the little things around cancer, like side effects and home health
Heather was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in January 2021. Eventually it was refined to thymic cancer, which affects about 400 Americans a year. She approached it with a faith that God's plans are bigger than ours. She endured six treatments of chemotherapy, two of immunotherapy and two months with daily pills of targeted therapy. After a month in hospice, she passed away the morning of Tuesday, March 1, 2022. She had a commitment that her case would help advance knowledge of the medical professionals treating future cases.
A complete telling of Heather's cancer journey is available on CaringBridge.
The Bike Ride
As Heather’s husband, I am picking up her mantle of advancing cancer knowledge. I am fundraising for MUSC’s LOWVELO bike ride to support cancer research. Despite never completing an organized bike race, I am riding the 100-mile course in November (akin to running a marathon).
Also follow me as I train across Italy and the US via Instagram.
Race Day Details (Saturday, November 5th)
LOWVELO starts at 7:30 am, EDT. I should finish the 100 miles around 1:00, hopefully. Weather forecast is lovely.
Real-time tracking of my progress is available with the RaceJoy app: www.racejoy.net/how-to-track-someone.
Special Fundraising Opportunity
From September until the charity ride on November 5th, each of my brothers and I will match your gift, up to a total of $1,500. So if you give $25, Juston, Shire and Aron will each match, to turn it into $100. I'm so grateful for the generosity of my brothers and their wives to make this possible.
As of November 4, we've raised $810 of the $1,500. Please donate to help us get the full match at https://fundraise.musc.edu/IRideForHeather
I have been so grateful to have Sonya Steves and the team at ABC News 4 sharing my story with the world. The news segment they made about Heather and my ride has made me cry on a few occasions.
The medical university is also putting together some material that will be available after the ride.