It is difficult to know where to begin. With the loss of a dear friend? The survival of another? The choices we have and yet do not make? The underfunded research and programs that are needed to stop cancer from taking lives and destroying the lives of even more?
Let me start here. With my dear friend of some 30 years, Ron Thompson.
Ron has always been an outspoken strong individual that has lived an amazing life in so many ways. One of these ways is his battle with three (3) forms of cancer. He survived and today we were able to enjoy lunch together to talk about the journey he has traveled in the treatment and recovery.He is every bit the man I knew of 10, 20 and 30 years ago, yet to him, he has lost a big part of life “not to mention part of a lung” to cancer. His survival was due to the tremendous advancements in cancer treatment and research. So to my friend Ron, I dedicate my journey in fighting cancer on June 4th, 2017.
Then there is my friend Robert Melton… my childhood friend for over 40 years, whose passing this year took so many of us by surprise and with our many regrets for the life, we would have loved to see Robert live for decades to come. Robert was diagnosed with stage four cancer this year and within days was gone. He was remembered by so many friends and family as being the giver. His famous words… “I’ve got this!” He gave to everyone and everyone was blessed by his friendship and love. Yet cancer won and Robert lost, as did we all with his passing.
The interesting common thread with Ron and Robert is and was their love for life, for their friends and the strong cowboy lifestyle. Both these men had met their match with cancer because cancer does not care if you are a strong man, a beautiful woman or an innocent child. Cancer takes lives or takes your life from you one part at a time.
I am writing to you now, to each of you reading this, to tell you we CAN make a difference, we can stop cancer in its tracks and we can reverse this terrible element in the lives of so many. However, we must do so together. Through education, lifestyle change and through supporting amazing organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This is why last year as part of the LLS MWOY program I became a part of the LLS family. This is why in just days from today, I will be riding in the 72 Mile cycling event at Lake Tahoe to raise awareness of the work LLS does for cancer victims and their families and in dedication to the memory of Robert Melton and in honor of my friend Ronald Thompson.
Please join me in this effort by making your tax-deductible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My goal is $5,600 and hopefully more through your generous donation.
BTW…. just a note. If you ever thought cycling was an easy sport or activity well…. let’s just say this is my FIRST attempt at this distance and with 1000 foot inclines and I am thoroughly impressed by those that do this on a regular basis such as our LLS Team in Training Chairperson Jennifer Swanton. This training for the ride is kicking my… back side!
As for when this event is over, I will be returning to Arizona to launch our new Health and Wellness program at our Mesa facilities under the branding of Personal Formula. I truly believe that there is a personal formula for each of us to apply to our life to help us be the best we are meant to be in health, fitness and overall wellness. Thank you for helping us together make this difference.