Team Gratitude: Pedaling for Lung Cancer Research
As many of you know, Jennifer is living with stage IV lung cancer. She endures chemotherapy every 3 weeks, and has done so for the last 4 years. We're grateful that the treatment is keeping the cancer at bay, but we realize her positive response puts her in a very small minority. I know that a full-on cure will arrive one day for this terrible disease. I'm raising money to help find that cure sooner rather than later.
There is a sticker on my bike that says GRATITUDE. As I look down at that reminder, I'll think of Jenn, you, and the people working on a cure. I have several 100+ mile bike races/events planned this year. I'm using those events to raise awaress about the disease and raise money for the researchers. Jenn and I would be grateful for your support (if you want to know more about Jenn's personal journey, you can search 'Jennifer Olson' on CaringBridge.org).
You are also welcome to join the team (and you don't have to ride 100 miles). If you want to add some meaning and motivation to your next event, you can do it as part of Team Gratitude!
The stats around lung cancer are shocking (and unknown to many people), check it out:
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among women; kills more people than prostate, colon, and breat cancer combined (across all ethnic groups); and is responsible for 32% of all cancer deaths.
Less money is spent on lung cancer research than most other cancers. In recent years, the National Cancer Institute estimated that our government spent over $11,000 per breast cancer death for research, and $1100 per lung cancer death. Lung cancer takes almost twice as many women as breast cancer (it's not about lung cancer research OR breast cancer research, it's both, it's an AND..)
Over 60% of new lung cancer cases are non-smokers, and 1 in 5 women with lung cancer never smoked (like Jennifer). The stigma around smoking has created an unconscionable disparity in research. The reality is that if you have lungs, you are at risk of lung cancer, and nobody deserves to die from cancer.
My Personal Web Log
Race 1 in the Books
Hi Team Gratitude,
Saturday was the 'Grinder Nationals' event. It's a 100 mile bike race (yes, on gravel roads). It starts and finishes in Lawrence, KS, and goes out of it's way to dispel any rumors that Kansas is flat...
I started with a handful of friends (some riding the 50 miler and some riding the 100), but spend the full day next to my partner in crime, Tom Brantman.
Ride time: 6 hr 40 min
Distance: 101 miles
Elevation: 6506 ft
Gratitude Cup: Full
Thanks very much for your help and support. As my legs were burning on some of those steep hills, I did look down and see the Gratitude sticker on my bike. It reminded me that my current path was a lot easier than the road of Stage 4 cancer patient. It also reminded me of all the amazing people in Jenn's life trying to make that road easier. Thanks again.
PS - The next planned ride is "The Dirty Kansa" on June 1st. It starts/finishes in Emporia, KS. I'll be doing the 100 mile event.
by Andy Olson on Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 8:45 AM