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I decided one of my big events this summer would be the Diabolical Double, a double metric century in Deep Creek, Maryland. And I registered a few months back, feeling excited to do this ride. It was just a training ride after all.
That was until I found out that my good friend, Tom, has recurrent malignant melanoma. You see, Tom is this brilliant guy who has this way of lighting up a room. When you talk to him, he truly is engaged in what you say, cares what you think, and man can he tell great stories. Tom and his wife are also two of the first people I met when I moved to Pittsburgh (and two of my favorite people), and we have been friends ever since. And now he's fighting and it feels like there is nothing I can do.
Except, for whatever it's worth, I can ride my bike, and I can spread the word about the bike ride's charity sponsor, the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, and their "skin in the game" campaign. And so I am dedicating my 125 miles on the bike to Tom on June 22.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and the incidence has been increasing for the last 30 years. The current lifetime risk of developing melanoma is 1 in 50. The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation is working to raise awareness, improve prevention and leverage funds for research.
Melanoma has hit my family. My grandfather died from it, my uncle survived it, and now my friend is bravely fighting this disease.
So this ride on June 22 just got personal. Will you join me on this ride by donating to this campaign? To donate please go to my fundraising page and together we will work hard to "win the fight."