Welcome to Matt's Personal Trek 100 Page
I will be riding at least 64 miles in the 30th Annual Trek 100 bike ride on August 22nd. I am riding in memory of my oldest daughter Anna who was diagnosed in 2014 at the age of 6 with an aggressive form of brain cancer. With the amazing work of many medical professionals and therapists, Anna survived and was working hard to regain all that the disease and it's treatment took from her. She was months away from being considered a 5 year survivor when an unexpected infection proved more than her body could handle.
I know from first-hand experience how childhood cancer affects a family and a child. There are some childhood cancers with high survival rates, and there are rare forms that just haven't received as much research and attention. But none of that matters when it happens to your child. It is important to remember that even a cancer with an 80% survival rate has kids and families who wind up as part of the 20%. That is why continuing research is so important, and why the work of organizations like the MACC Fund are so necessary. I hope that some day we can look back on all these childhood cancers, and even their sometimes awful treatment methods as the "dark ages" of medicine.
Please consider supporting my efforts as I ride to help researchers find a cure for childhood cancers and related blood disorders. The MACC Fund has contributed over $65 million to pediatric cancer research since 1976 and has played an important role in raising the overall cure rate for childhood cancer from 20% to 80% in that time. Yet, even children in the 80% category can still relapse and have ‘late effect’ issues which requires additional research. Especially this year, when most fundraisers have been canceled, the MACC fund, and the many kids who will be diagnosed with cancer in the future, need your support.
Thank you for supporting my personal Trek 100 challenge!
Thanks to all my friends and donors!!
I rode for the 31st Annual Trek 100 on Sunday, August 16th because we were camping on the 22nd. Thanks to your generous support, was able to exceed my fundraising goal of $2000! It was a great day for a ride, and despite the fatigue, I enjoyed the ride. My family met me at a couple of spots with water re-fills and even home made signs! I even stopped for a bit at Anna's memorial bench at McDaniel Park in McFarland, which I thought was appropriate.
Here is a link to my ride record, with a couple of pics, too.
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