Destination X Ride. For life.
A solo yearlong ride across North America spreading awareness for causes I feel strongly about. Which includes Cancer(colon cancer took my dad from us when he was 32 and I was 12), Familial Adenomatous Polyposis [FAP] (My dadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cancer came via FAP. Both my sisters, niece, nephew and I have FAP), Desmoid Tumor Research (I have an inoperable intra-abdominal desmoid tumor), MS (My sister was diagnosed with a few years ago), Native American issues (My dad was born and raised on an Indian reservation) and Rivers (I have always had a love for fishing rivers, so river health is very important to me).My love for motorcycles began in 2002, when I bought my first motorcycle. It was a Ducati Monster. She has given me 53,000 miles of riding joy and a sense of freedom I had never experienced before.This idea was inspired by a video series I had been watching, Long Way Round, which was created by Ewan McGregor and his friend Charlie Boorman. In the program, they wanted to ride motorcycles around the world. Along the way, they also supported UNICEF and other causes. BMW and many equipment companies backed their effort. They also did a follow up program called Long Way Down, in which they rode from London to the southern tip of Africa.So, I had the big idea. Then it was time to give it a name. After some heavy pondering, Destination X Ride came to mind.Now armed with the name. I am In the process of building the website. With the aid of my web doctor, John. Thank you man. This site is a tool, a multi-tool. To build awareness about the ride itself and all the causes it is intended to benefit. This will be accomplished by constantly updated blogs, which will contain video, photography and my writings. Documenting every aspect of the ride. Well, almost every aspect. There are many avenues that will be explored. My advertising, graphic design, and photography backgrounds will definitely be tapped into. I have the ability to wear a lot of hats, or helmets in this case.Shortly after I came up with the idea for this ride, my mom gave me the gift of another crucial tool for this ride. I asked her if she would tell the story of her familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ongoing battle with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. From a motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspective. Chronicling how a family umm blessed with this disease has been affected by all aspects of it. From when my dad was first diagnosed with FAP to present day. She said yes, like so many other times in my life. An amazing literary result occurred. Kudos to you mom.Well, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty much the jist of this Destination X Ride story. I am fully committed to making this ride happen. It feels so right to me. I need to do something that is bigger than me. Something that allows me to be able to give back. I have been so wrapped up in all my health issues in last four years or so. I honestly need to hit the road and try to spread the word.
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