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Ride for Roswell 2018

March 15th, 2018

Team Hive is riding to thank Roswell for saving their lives. We would like to raise $30,000 so we can fund more success stories like theirs! Visit our team page here to sign up or donate as a virtual rider.

Our team captains, Dan and George, are both cancer survivors because of Roswell! Please take the time to get to know them and their stories below.

 

Left to Right: Josh Heims (Club Owner), Dan Heims (Team Captain), George Hackford (Team Captain), Justin Bingel (Club Owner)

 

Dan Heims

Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way. My personal journey bean in 2003 when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. 12 days after my first 1/2 marathon I was in the hospital having surgery to remove a hardened and swollen lump on my testicle. Four days later, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 C Embryonal Cell Carcinoma. In just over one month, a lump went from barely noticeable to 1 inch in size. Additionally, my cancer had spread to my abdominal lymph-nodes.

At the time, I was living in Germany and had to decide which type of treatment (radiation or chemotherapy) and where I would want it done (Germany or Buffalo). Ultimately, under recommendation of my doctor, I made the decision to fight my battle with chemotherapy in Germany. I would face three rounds of chemotherapy, each round lasting three weeks. Throughout my chemo treatments, I lost a lot: my hair, my appetite (and weight as a result), my energy (I couldnt walk up a flight of stairs without taking a rest), the struggles of delayed treatment as a result of low white blood cell counts, and at one point my will to continue on with treatment. With the support of my family and friends, I was able to persist through the tough times and make it out on top. By the end of the treatment, I gained an inner strength, hope, and resilience.

When I returned to Buffalo, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center became my home for follow up visits to make sure I was in remission and that my cancer hadn’t returned. Fifteen years later, I continue to be a survivor; however, my fight has not stopped since being in remission. I continue to raise awareness through my efforts with Ride for Roswell. I volunteer and raise funds to fight for those who have lost their fight, for those who are fighting today and everyday, and for those who have won. The ride for Roswell helps to make a difference. Funds raised through the ride support cutting-edge research and compassionate, innovative patient care programs. Please join us on Team Hive Lifespan Center in our quest to support all of us that have been affect my cancer, to make a difference, and to raise money to find cancer cures and save lives!

Cheers,

Daniel

 

 

George Hackford

I owe my life to Roswell Park. They developed the PSA, Prostate-Specific Antigen, test which is an early indicator of Prostate Cancer. Thanks to this test and the help of Roswell Park, I received treatment and am 18 years cancer free!

Each year I ride with Hive Lifespan Center alongside the staff and members that I consider my family. I am proud to call the club my home, and I am proud that we ride so Roswell can continue research and save more lives.

Please consider joining our family and riding with us. You can always join our team as a virtual rider and donate! We would appreciate you helping us reach our goals and funding the fight against cancer!

Thank you!

George

 

 

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