Mom, Cancer, and Dirt Bikes...

$1,110 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 32 months
Steve Smith
for Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
 WINSTON SALEM, NC


Mom's cancer struggle continues to wear on her. I'm riding a challenging cross-country trail on a dirt bike to inspire and support her

This is a story of my mom. And cancer. And dirt bikes. And a son who loves his mom. My mom’s story began a long time ago. Probably about 1996. She was 55 at the time. About the same time as my dad died, she discovered she had breast cancer. I was far away in the US Air Force and supported my mom over the phone as she fought, and won, her breast cancer battle. Her treatment had been very successful (radiation) and after all the work was done, she bounced back with renewed vigor. I’d never seen such an active and happy senior citizen. Never. She could do ANYTHING. She was exercising, losing weight, and so active!

10 years later, exactly at that wonderful 10 year anniversary when cancer patients are supposed to be declared “completely cancer free” she was told that her cancer had returned. I remember the days well…she was planning to attend the Susan Komen walk and was so proud she’d made it 10 years, and then was devastated to hear the news. Her cancer had moved to her back, and eventually broke a bone in her vertebrae. This time, (after fusing the bone) her doctors used hormone manipulation to stop the growth. Over the last 8 years now, she has fought a very good battle, but in truth, the cancer is slowly winning. This year, in preparation for a new drug study, she had a brain scan. The cancer has moved close to her brain and doctors have to monitor the movement closely now. Some things are just hard to write…

But, what does this have to do with dirt bikes? Several years ago, I saw reports and stories about a 5000+ mile adventure motorcycle trip across the US. The route was 80% dirt roads or offroad, and allowed the rider to see the real “America” rather than what we see day to day in our typical lives. The trail stretches from Tennessee to Oregon, through areas that few travelers ever set foot. Some areas require the rider to carry extra water and fuel, as a mistake in navigation of even 10 miles can put the rider in severe danger in the desert. Out of gas and/or water, in 100+ degree heat. I wanted to do it, and over the course of the last few years, I’ve worked on my offroad skills in Cambodia, the US, and in South Korea so that now I feel confident to do so.

Ok, so what do these two things have to do with each other? Simply put, I asked my mom as I was preparing for the TAT (That’s the Trans-America Trail) what she wanted me to do. Go on the trip or stay with her. She enthusiastically encouraged me to go on the trip. I promised her I would include her in the trip, and here it is.

I don’t have a goal – monetarily. What we want is to raise awareness and cancer research.

So, sponsor me (my mom) per mile, for the trip, however you see fit. I’ll give you trip updates (and mom updates!) as often as the trail permits, and will follow up afterward with a more detailed ride report, complete with some (hopefully) awesome photos. As an aspiring photographer, I hope I meet this goal as well.

Thanks for taking the time to read and consider this project, Steve
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Update 10
Posted by Steve Smith
31 months ago
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In Oklahoma. ..trail is going great bit tires are a challenge. .. I'm sorted for now. Can't wait to get back on the bike!
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Update 9
Posted by Steve Smith
31 months ago
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Out on the trail now...first day was interesting. 4 water crossings and stayed mostly dry...then had a HARD downpour and we were all soaked.

Keep the donations coming in folks...share with your friends!
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Update 8
Posted by Steve Smith
32 months ago
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Simultaneously the bike is ready to go! !!
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Update 7
Posted by Steve Smith
32 months ago
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Mom's report was good...the cancer near her brain has not grown much. Nevertheless our drive for cancer research donations continues of course!!! This affects all of us. Please donate!!!!
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$1,110 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 32 months
Created July 22, 2014
Funds raised will benefit:
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
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TT
$25
Thanh Tran
31 months ago

Have a fantastic trip. Send a shout out to moms.

$100
Colin
32 months ago
$300
Anonymous
32 months ago
MB
$100
mitzi & charles ball
32 months ago

wow! the sights you ll see and the memories you ll make, will last a lifetime; all while making your mom proud and helping the fight against cancer! God be with you.

JB
$100
Joseph Bisesi
32 months ago
$25
For Greg Samborski
32 months ago
$25
For Greg Samborski
32 months ago
$100
Steve Smith
32 months ago
DS
$100
Doug Smith
32 months ago
JB
$100
James beck
32 months ago

Ride safe brother

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