Today, I ran for Rik. And Rik ran today too.
Rik met Trish Snider Kline last week at Vintage Market Days of SW Houston/Coastal Plains, and introduced himself.
Turns out, today is a VERY special day for Rik and he celebrated it in style.
Rik was diagnosed at age 15 and AGAIN at 18 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML),
The first time Rik battled Leukemia, his treatment lasted 7 months. The second time he had to fight it, his treatment lasted 6 months and it ended with a bone marrow transplant on Thanksgiving Day, 2004.
Many times when a cancer patient receives a bone marrow transplant, they call that date their “new” birthday.
During treatment, Rik had to overcome severe light sensitivity, nausea, mouth sores (“this was the worst”), diarrhea, little to no appetite, constipation and hair loss (“not really a bad thing”),
Though he is now 31-years-old, the “scars” from his cancer battle remain as he “developed small ‘pinhead’ cataracts, and unfortunately to this day I’m unable to have children.”
That is such a total shame too, because we need more people like Rik in this world. Check out what he did today to celebrate his “birthday” and to honor the kids who fight cancer:
“It dawned upon me that the date of my transplant was on Thanksgiving. So I decided to go ahead and run the Pearland Turkey Trot wearing a 12lb vest to mark the 12 years I’ve been cancer free. I’m also going to wear this vest to signify the ‘weight’ one has to bear with in the ‘race’ against cancer and that no matter what YOU MUST FINISH THE RACE!!!”
Rik, you are a STUD and I am happy that you introduced yourself to Trish and allowed me to share your story today.
Today’s double workout was a speed session at Memorial Park Running Trail followed an hour later by hill work on the treadmill.
Tomorrow is a rest day so you’ll get to see another part of the 175 Mile Ultramilano-Sanremo course that I’ll run in Italy in April.
#Snowdrop175AcrossItaly #UMS17 #ABC13 #Evamor #TheNew93Q