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Biking Across Kansas

 

FLIP Enthusiast, David Waite is preparing to bike across Kansas and is using his ride to inspire friends and family, honor his grandpa and to support FLIP! “This cycling adventure is a perfect way for me to see my home state from a new vantage point while doing something worthwhile for a cause worth getting behind and supporting.” – David

Please consider a donation to help David reach his fundraising goal:

 

Interesting Tid Bit: David has no uvula, and he has only met 1 other person on the planet that can drink an entire gallon of milk in 1 hour without throwing up.

Story:  Like my friends at flip my family and I have been affected by cancer.  I have seen close friends suffer from leukemia and had an intimate and personal vantage point during my grandfather’s courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy I routinely see how years of poor decisions not only change an individual patient’s path of life, but that of their family and friends as well.  With these daily reminders that I see in some of my patients and through the years of study and learning about the human body and its physical systems and capacities, it has become disgustingly obvious how crucial a well rounded lifestyle is to ensure a person’s health, well being and vitality.

This is one of the many reasons why I “flip” and try to adapt this lifestyle.  Research shows that a large number of cancers are largely affected by lifestyle choices.  I believe in the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  This is where the battle starts and our society needs an increase emphasis.

However, in the unfortunate circumstance that a cure should be needed, I feel like pancreatic cancer is a specific type the deserves more attention in the field of research and intervention.  Obviously I am jaded by this specific cancer, but I believe the numbers speak for themselves. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. ultimately killing 84% of those diagnosed with the disease, and of those taking 74% within the first year.  However, even though it is one of the most lethal cancers in our society, the NCI is only spending between 2 to 3% of its research budget to further medical practice for the diagnosis.  These figures are obviously not in parallel.  If things do not change pancreatic cancer is projected to rise to the second leading cause of cancer related death as early as next year.

As mentioned, my Grandpa Leroy suffered from pancreatic cancer for 2 years.   He was the kind of guy that did the right things for the right reasons.  He is someone I continue to aspire to be like and remains a true inspiration for me and the people that knew him to this day.  His passion for life was palpable and something I want others to continue to benefit from.

Being active is a perfect way to continue to honor him and others who are debilitated by cancer and disease while raising funds for charities worth getting behind.  Please consider sponsoring a mile, donating to the cause or just following along as our team rides along this adventure!