I am fighting cancer by riding in the Lobo Cancer Challenge on September 23. I have a very personal reason for doing this. I believe the University of New Mexico saved my husband's life. I want to raise money for cancer research and I want that money to go to The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Shortly after we moved to the Land of Enchantment David was diagnosed with throat cancer. We were in shock. David takes great care of himself. He's never used tobacco...cancer was never on our radar.
We knew nothing about this state and what we did know about the medical care available in New Mexico made us fear we were in the wrong place for cancer survival. We were wrong--we were in the perfect place. A surgeon at the University of New Mexico Hospital is actually leading the industry in throat tumor removal. The chemo and radiation therapy tretments were rough, but the team was top notch. I can't explain what it's like to move to a state where you know almost no one and then you face something as daunting as cancer. Your doctors, nurses and pharmacists become even more important. You have to trust them because you have no one else to bounce ideas off of in your new town.
Ten months after the diagnosis, surgery, chemo and radiation tretments...David is surviving and doing well. He looks great, feels strong and he kicked cancer in the ass. I'm thankful for UNM and all of the people who helped him.
Cancer is a terrible thing. It killed my mother and it tried to kill my husband. We've got to find a cure. I believe there are smart smart people out there who can find a cure. We've got to fund their research.
I'll be riding my bike in the 25 mile Lobo Cancer Challenge. When I ride I'll keep my thoughts focused not on the challenge cancer has put this family through, but the hope that a cure can be found. I hope you help me raise money. I need to raise at least $250. I've earmarked all of my donations to go toward research for head and neck cancers.
Here are some facts about where your money will go:
Every dollar you donate to my ride — 100 percent of it! — goes to cancer research and cancer patient care.
- of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only cancer center in our state with designation from the National Cancer Institute. Of the 1,500 cancer centers in the country, it is one of only 47 that is designated as Comprehensive.
- The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center conducts research particularly focused on those cancers that affect New Mexicans most. Its scientists translate some of these discoveries into new treatments each year through clinical trials.
- The UNM Cancer Center’s clinical trials make the latest and most advanced treatments available to everyone in New Mexico? The UNM Cancer Center is a founding partner in the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance.
- The UNM Cancer Center has more than 125 board-certified oncology (cancer) specialty doctors. Their team includes cancer surgeons in every specialty, adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists.
- Every patient at the UNM Cancer Center gets a personalized treatment plan that their team of doctors creates just for them. That plan takes the patient’s wishes and situation into account and gives them the best chance to overcome their cancer.
- The UNM Cancer Center offers many, many different programs to help each person facing cancer and the people who love and support them. Cancer affects every part of life and everyone could use help when faced with fighting it.
That’s why I chose to ride in the Lobo Cancer Challenge. Thanks for helping me to fight cancer!