I really wish we lived in a world without cancer. I hope someday that will be the case. In the meantime, I choose to continue supporting cancer research. I’m not a doctor or a cancer researcher and the only way I know how to help is by fundraising for those who are.
Yes, it is very personal for me. When I was 31 my father died of lung cancer. He hadn’t smoked for 20 years. Was it pollution? Toxins he’d been exposed to as a test pilot? We’ll never know. But it robbed him of ever meeting my daughter Elise, and robbed his grandkids of knowing their granddad. I have so many friends and family who have battled cancer that I couldn’t even name them all. Some have won and some have lost. Many much younger than my daddy. I choose to support cancer research so that new treatments can be found, and hopefully some day, a cure...!
The Lobo Cancer Challenge is a fundraiser for the University of New Mexico’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Albuquerque. I choose to fundraise for them because my brother, Dr Matthew Fero, is a cancer researcher there, and he also runs their Bone Marrow Transplant Center. I have confidence in their abilities.
I want you to know that everyone participating in the Lobo Cancer Challenge pays their own entry fee, travel and accommodation expenses. A donation in no way pays for me to ride in the Challenge. In addition, the Challenge is run with volunteers from the community and community sponsors who provide food, music, entertainment, and mechanical support on the ride. This is how the Lobo Cancer Challenge is able to put 100% of our donations directly into research, education, training and patient care.
Participants in the Challenge commit to bicycle rides or a 5K run/walk held on September 14, 2019. I choose to ride in the 100 mile event. This year may be especially challenging as I’ve been off the bike with a torn ligament in my foot, but I look forward to spending the day with my brother (we ride together). Lucky for us, a few of our cross country buddies from Irvine High School have joined the ride! A mini-reunion of sorts. All those ex-runners who’ve transitioned to cycling due to body wear and tear. Heh heh.
September 14, 2019
25-, 50- or 100-Mile Bike Rides