Day 1

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Please forgive me for my absence in blogging. Last year got away from me and it always makes me a bit sad when I don’t stay on top of my blogging. So, to help me get back in the rhythm I took a challenge from my buddy Sean over at www.seanleacy.com to write every day in February! So, if you don’t see a post from me by 12:00 PM eastern then you have my permission to come find me and yell at me via whatever method we communicate.

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Gray Matters to Me

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688,096

The number of people estimated to be living with a brain tumor diagnosis in 2010

69,720

The number of people that were estimated to be diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013

2

The number of people I know personally diagnosed with brain cancer today

May is National Brain Cancer Awareness month. Gray is the official color of brain cancer awareness. Two things that I just recently learned.

John and John

John and John

You see, my life (and the lives of many others) was changed this year. Not only has my friend John Looker continued to battle with brain cancer but my good friend Scott was diagnosed in March with GBM (a type of brain cancer).After a scare and emergency brain surgery in February, Scott has been undergoing radiation and chemo treatments. He just finished up his first round of treatment with minimal side effects and continue to press on as the doctors determine the next steps.

As you may (or may not) know – cancer has already taken one of my best friends from me, Katy. While her death was hard on me, I’ll admit that since her death I’ve lived with an attitude of almost, “It won’t happen again to anyone else I know.”

Me and Scott

Me and Scott

Three years later and my friend Scott was rushed to the hospital and found to have a brain tumor with no previous symptoms or warnings. Reality set in that day that no one is immune to his horrible disease and directly or indirectly it’s going to be a part of your life. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow but sometime in your lifetime I feel that we all are going to come across this horrible disease.

I’m not a doctor, nurse, researcher or medical professional. I’m just a guy. So I do what I can to help? I do my best to raise awareness about cancer and I donate money to support research to end this disease. I ride my bicycle 180 miles in two days not only to raise money and awareness but to remind myself that no matter how hard I struggle with that ride that it pales in comparison for what someone with cancer goes through. I try and support both of my friends in whatever way I can and be the best friend I can be to them (and subsequently their family, friends and significant others).

What can you do?

  • Go hug your friends, family, and loved ones and tell them that you love them. You never known in an instant when life might change
  • Donate to my Pelotonia Ride at: http://www.pelotonia.org/massie
  • Donate to help my friend Scott’s family cover medical expenses: https://fundly.com/teamscott
  • Support local efforts around cancer research and treatments
  • Wear some gray this month and let someone know about brain cancer awareness month

Together we can send this horrible disease once and for all.

All my best,
Massie

If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

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Lately music seems to really speak to me. This has been a reoccurring theme throughout my life but it seems like it’s been ages since I’ve heard so much music that just speaks to me. I was running on the treadmill listening to my Rdio Shazam playlist today and heard a song that I clearly wanted to save for later – Do Something by Matthew West. Here are some lyrics that caught my attention as I ran:

So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”

I thought about how I felt shortly after Katy’s death, after I hear of another life lost to cancer, when I hear about my friends going through painful treatments to fight this disease, when I hear of another diagnosis.

He said, “I did, I created you

That hit me square between the eyes. God’s placed me on this earth and that line couldn’t be more true! I need to be doing everything within my power to make a change, a difference… I need to be doing something!

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

Chills.
I continued to repeat the song and just listen. That chorus still grabs my attention each time I play the song and really made me think about my life.

Tomorrow (or today if you’re reading this on February 4, 2014) is World Cancer Day. Three years ago I entered the fight to end cancer. I may not be personally working to cure a cancer in a lab somewhere but I’m doing what I can to fight the fight. I’ve committed to riding in Pelotonia until they find a cure. I decided that it was time to do something.

So today on World Cancer Day I’m not asking you to ride 180 miles or raise $2200.00 (though you’re welcome!). What I’m asking is that you just do something. If you want to help me fight the fight then I’d encourage you to donate to my ride over at www.pelotonia.org/massie.

Need some more motivation – take a second and watch this:

Maybe someday, together, we will find a cure for this horrible disease once and for all.

It’s time for us to do something!
Massie