How did you get involved with the MMRF?
My wife, Martina, works for Janssen and was on the 2019 Team. I came to Vermont to see her off and was so impressed with the event that I applied to ride in 2021.
What do you want people to know about multiple myeloma?
I want them to know that there is hope and that the ability to live your life and be active doesn’t end when you’re diagnosed.
Why is participating in the MMRF Road to Victories ride important to you?
I ride to honor my colleague, Tom Fadden. Tom was diagnosed back in 2019. He has been an inspiration to watch. Tom has shown grit and strength during his journey.
After 37 years of cycling, being involved in an event where you get to help others and raise research dollars to help people live longer and better lives while doing something you love is a win/win in my book.
What are you looking most forward to/excited about in regard to the ride?
Seeing our teammates from last year and meeting the new teammates, they impress me so much with their dedication and their drive. The teammates that are survivors are just incredible. They push themselves harder than any of us.
What does your training regimen for this event look like?
Well, it’s more than I did for Maine last year, but probably not enough. We typically ride 3 x per week with one of the rides in the hills north of Columbus, Ohio (our ski area). Our hills are short, but they can be 10-16% grades. The mileage is around 130 miles per week.
Who/what inspires you?
The patients that we ride with, Jeff, Andy, Richard, Brian, Paul, Fred, Tim, and Jamie. They impress the hell out of me.
Have you participated in previous MMRF events? If so, which/when?
I rode in last year’s event up the coast of Maine.
Anything additional to add?
I am so excited to take on this challenge with such great teammates and support. Thank you to Julie and the MMRF Team, Backroads, and Janssen Oncology for their financial support, making sure that 100% of our fundraising dollars go to the foundation’s mission.
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