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December 21, 2014

Ride To Conquer Cancer – Know What Matters

by psmason

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” – William Arthur Ward

Rob with wife Lorraine and daughter Courtenay at RTCC 2013

Rob with wife Lorraine and daughter Courtenay at RTCC 2013

Know What Matters

I was initially inspired to get into shape and join the Ride To Conquer Cancer because a close friend and 6 time participant in this event, Rob Deverall, the Captain of our Cycletrons Team was diagnosed with stage 4 Lung Cancer in October, 2012. Even before this, Rob and his family had suffered more than their share of loss as siblings, parents and friends had succumbed to this terrible disease. Riding these past 2 years and helping our team raise more than $200,000 for Cancer research was truly rewarding but in truth I had decided not to ride in 2015 – this year I was going to focus on other charities…

Sadly Rob lost his battle with Cancer on the evening of December 17th, 2014 and as a growing crowd stayed by his side for those last hours, we were once again reminded how special he was – as a husband, father, friend, and leader. He spent his last months helping everyone around him come to terms with his passing – he was leaving but spent his time helping others stay. He insisted that we celebrate while he took his final breaths, we sipped an ounce of his favorite liquor, listened to some of his favorite songs, told stories, we laughed and we cried. And once again it was there in front of all of us – life matters and the fight to beat Cancer still has a ways to go. The Cycletrons will RIDE again in 2015.

I am riding because the funds raised support life-saving research and continuously improving modern treatments and technologies – and this could help save the “Rob Deverall’s” in your life.

I am sincerely grateful for any help you can give – if you have decided that you want to learn more, join the ride yourself or make a donation, please follow this link.

THANK YOU, Scott Mason

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