As a consistent listener to ESPN Radio, every year I listen to the annual Jimmy V Week for cancer research and hear the stories of young families affected by having one of there children diagnosed with cancer. I always think to myself that I hope that I never find myself in that situation. It is one of my wife's greatest fears , but we have been blessed to have been spared thus far. However, those in our extended family and some of our friends have not. To ride as a member of Livestrong allows me to share stories of those affected by cancer, show my gratitude for mine and my family's health, and to offer a little support to those in need. (Expand to read more)
Team Lenette was formed by my brother-in-law, Jon Scott Davis, to ride in support of his sister Lenette Vawdrey, who was diagnosed with and is battling breast cancer. I had the opportunity to better know her and her daughters through the process and have a soft spot for them. It is hard to see a family have to go through this. Children still living at home shouldn't have to see their mother go through chemotherapy and experience all the fears associated with cancer. Their family has had to make sacrifices and they have grown stronger.
Although I am a member of team Lenette, I ride for more than her. My cousin, Sarah Peterson, received news last September that her four year old son, Beckham, had stage 4 neuroblastoma. Beckham just began his sixth and final round of chemotherapy and seems just as much an energetic young boy can be while going through chemotherapy and surgeries. I have not met the kid but I admire him. I follow his story through Facebook and a blog written by his parents, Brian and Sarah. I am inspired by their courage, strength, and faith through the many rounds of chemo and surgery. I ride to let them know that I care and hope that research will continue to soften the blow of cancer. To follow Beckham's journey go to www.beckhamsbattle.blogspot.com,< /a> and/or search @beckhamsbattle on Instagram, and/or search beckhamsbattle on Facebook.
I also ride for Terri Shields. After moving to Las Vegas in the summer, the Shields family gave us the best welcoming gift possible--free access to their swimming pool. The pool was great, but more importantly the Shields had eternal impacts on us. They loved us like children and we loved them like parents. Terri is the wife of our beloved stake president and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not just the stake, but the entire North Las Vegas community got behind her. Their was a strong sense of unity because they are such a loved and respected family. Last October, Terri heard the words, "cancer free" and we are all so thankful. May anyone who ever has to battle cancer be as blessed as Terri to receive as much support and support as her--and, most importantly, to hear the words, "cancer free."For this event, I not only ride ride for Lenette Vawdrey, Beckham Peterson, and Terri Shields, but for all those that I know who have been affected by cancer.
As part of Team LIVESTRONG, I'm making a difference in the fight against cancer. I've joined with other people around the globe and across different events to raise money for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
The Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against this disease that is now the world's leading cause of death. LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world.
The money I raise will support programs and services for cancer survivors. These resources help people diagnosed with cancer face the challenges of the disease head on and live life on their own terms. Livestrong.org/WeCanHelp
Please support me as I make a difference in the cancer fight through my participation in Team LIVESTRONG.