Saturday, May 28, 2016

5 Down, 5 to Go

5th Century - The Capital Area Greenway Century May 23rd

Greetings friends & family, I’m overdue for an update on my quest to complete 10 Centuries.  5 down, 5 to go!!!  Since my first ride at the “After the Bridge Run Ride” in Charleston SC, I’ve completed 5 100-mile rides in a space of 7 weeks, one every other weekend.  I’ve had to make one adjustment to my schedule – I did not ride in the 2nd day of the Tour de Cure on May 17th, as I had to attend the funeral of a friend that day – so I created a “Capital Area Greenway Century” and rode 106 miles last Sunday (May 24th) to make up for the miss on May 17th.

The riding has been pretty good, and I’ve only had to deal with one thunderstorm, three weeks ago during the Raven Rock Ramble.  I’ve avoided any significant injuries, and I have to say that as I have completed more rides, they have become a little easier, though I always seem to struggle through the final 10-15 miles.
Fund raising is going well and I am VERY thankful for all of you who have made a donation to the cause of curing blood cancers!  A great deal of progress has been made in the development of treatments, but it is still the case that one-third of patients diagnosed with a blood cancer do not live beyond 5 years.

There are two people close to me currently fighting – my Dad’s very close friend Walt, battling multiple myeloma, just received a transplant of his own stem cells, and a good friend of mine has a son named Brandon who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia several months ago – he is being treated with the drug Gleevec, a miracle drug that was developed in part with funding from LLS.

Next Sunday, June 5, I’ll ride in the Fletcher Flyer out in the Asheville area., which will be my 6th ride.

Ride #7 will be the Velo4Yellow ride on July 16th, out of Wake Forest.

As you can see, I am working very hard for a cure!  Please consider making a donation, every dollar goes to help saving lives!!  Thank you again for your support!!DONATE BUTTON :-)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ready to Ride.....

Hey Y'all, Happy Easter!

One week from today I will participate in my first Century ride.  The "After the Bridge Run Ride" will be Sunday April 3rd near Charleston, SC.  I'm heading down there on my own on the 2nd and staying in a local Econo-Lodge.  According to my "Map my Ride" app, I have ridden 540 miles this year in preparation for this 1st Century.  This kicks off a rapid series of century rides pretty much every 2 weeks until the Fletcher Flyer in early June, which will be my 6th, out of my goal of 10.

I rode 80 miles yesterday and was able to finish relatively strong, so I am confident that I am ready for next week.  I didn't get as much training in as I intended, thanks to two colds over the last month plus a nagging back issue.

Thanks for your interest and support.  I'm doing this of course to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).  You can make a donation to the cause at this link:

Dan's Fundraising Page

Saturday, January 23, 2016

"I Will Ride 500 Miles, and I Will Ride 500 More"

            Greetings and a Happy New Year to everyone!  (The title of the blog post comes from a song by The Proclaimers.)  Where to begin?  It's been a long time since my last post, but in the interest of brevity, I will stick to the main points and current news.  First, I celebrated my 4th 2nd birthday on Dec 21, meaning the 4th anniversary of my transplant.  My health was excellent in 2015 - I don't recall being sick during the entire year.
Caught this Musky on a fly rod in Wisconsin, October 2015 
            After the Christmas holidays, just last week, I was in Houston for my 4 year checkup, and the news was again very good - clear CT scan and normal bone marrow biopsy.  I'm told that the longer I stay in complete remission, the lower the probability of relapse.  Dr. Hosing actually told me that from her viewpoint, I did not need get annual bone marrow biopsies or CT scans anymore, unless something in my blood counts changes or I develop other symptoms.  Which means, among other things, that I may not be going back to Houston for a while, maybe never.  I tracked Dr. Keating down at his office that evening around 5:30 to thank him in person again and to say so long for now.  It was a huge milestone in my cancer story.  Most websites still say there is no cure for CLL, but a successful bone marrow transplant definitely walks and quacks like a cure!  I'm inexpressibly grateful to the Lord, my doctors, my family, my friends.
On the Missouri River with Dad, October 2015

              I have been spared, but in 2015 cancer continued to devastate.  I lost several acquaintances last year to various forms of cancer.  One colleague at IBM was diagnosed in June with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and died within 5 months.  One of my best friends had a close colleague taken in November.  St. Jude's hospital in Memphis continues to be filled with young cancer patients.  So I will continue to put my recovery to good use by completing endurance events and raising money for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.  Last year I executed the "Triple Play", the half-marathon, double century ride, and hike in Yosemite, and raised over $30,000.  I spent time during the holidays thinking about what I might do in 2016, and what came to me is to commit to completing 10 century rides, for a one thousand mile odyssey.   Why?  Well, I like to push the boundaries of what cancer survivors can do, and I want to inspire others - to ride, to walk, to run, to give.
             So 2016 will be all about cycling.  I have already ridden 4 times since mid-December, 2 rides of 25 miles and more recently 2 rides of 50 miles.  I will keep track of my training miles too, as I suspect that I will log another thousand miles or more in training.  I have scheduled 8 rides so far:

April 3 -       "After the Bridge Run Ride"       Charleston SC
April 14 -     "Tarwheel Century Ride"            Elizabeth City, NC
May 1 -        "Raven Rock Ramble"                 Raleigh, NC
May 14 -      "Tour de Cure" Day 1                 Raleigh to Sanford, NC
May 15 -      "Tour de Cure"  Day 2                 Sanford to Raleigh, NC
June 5 -        "Fletcher Flyer"                            Fletcher, NC (near Asheville)
July 16 -       "Velo 4"                                       Wake Forest NC
October 2 -   "Bike MS Ride"                           New York City

There are two more rides that I need to schedule in the 2nd half of the year, and I will as soon as the various rides have dates selected and I can finalize the calendar.  I am very excited about this challenge, as it will sustain my focus and interest for the better part of the year - I am glad that you will be with me along the way!  Warm wishes for 2016!    




Sunday, May 10, 2015

One Week to the Tour de Cure!

Meadow at Mile 24 Along the Neuse River Trail

Happy Mother’s Day to all!  

Time is flying by….since my last update, I have ramped up my cycling over the last 3 weeks, starting with two 40-mile rides the first week, (one day in between), to two 50-mile rides the second week, and rides of 60 and 67 miles last week!  that will toughen up your kiester.  The Tour de Cure is less than a week away.  I rode a short 20 mile spin this morning before church just to keep the callouses firm - I will do a couple of back-to-back rides this week to get into final form for the 200 mile grind this coming weekend.  I’ve been doing most of my training rides on the Neuse River Greenway, a beautiful 33-mile long resource, safe from lunatic drivers on the highways who have anger management issues :-)

As soon as the bike ride is over I will begin training for the third leg of the Triple Play, an 18 mile day-hike through the heart of Yosemite - starting at 4,000 foot elevation in the valley, then soaring (on foot) 3,800 feet to the top of the cliffs at Glacier Point, then hugging the cliff tops until we descend again back to the valley along the John Muir Trail - it will be a happy reunion between me and that special trail, even if only for a few miles.  Altogether we will hike 18 miles, if all goes according to the plans of men ;-)

A heartfelt  THANK YOU!!  to those of you who have made a contribution to the cause of curing blood cancers.  There is still time to make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the charity that I run, cycle, and hike for.  It’s a wonderful organization, committed to making deadly blood cancers a thing of the past.  Remember, leukemia is the #1 childhood cancer.  

Thanks for your support - here is the link to my fund raising page - God bless you and yours and have a GREAT Mother’s Day!!  Dan 

Dan’s Page:  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rocked the Half Marathon!! Double Century is Up Next!

Hello Friends and Family!  Well this update is overdue but the big news is that the first leg of the Triple Play is successfully completed!  I “ran” the Raleigh Rock and Roll half marathon in 2 hours and 25 minutes.  I was able to run through the halfway point, but somewhere around mile 8 or 9 I found myself walking up some of the hills in downtown Raleigh.  I didn’t make a conscious decision to walk, my body just stopped running and started walking!  All in all, I think I ran about 10 or 11 out of the 13.1.  Not bad, all things considered. 
The inspiration dinner the night before the race was wonderful, and I was fortunate enough to be honored as the top fund raiser for the Team in Training!  All thanks to all of you!!! 

Well now my attention turns to cycling.  It took me a few days to work out the stiffness and soreness from the run, but by Wednesday I was back on my stairmaster, 40 minutes a day.  Today will be my first cycling workout since the Half.  I will be riding today with Rob Allan, a fellow Tour de Cure participant and my team captain.  The Tour is going to be upon me very soon – 3 weeks fro Saturday, so I need to train intensively.  I will keep you posted.  Thanks for all your encouragement and support!  GO TEAM!!  Dan
Approaching the Start

Sunday, April 5, 2015

First Post of 2015

Cozumel, January 2015 with Renee, Rachel, and Alex
          Wow, friends and family, I'm not sure what to say about a 6-month hiatus from blog posting.  It's not that nothing has happened, and I'm not coming back to the keyboard because there's anything momentous to report.  It's just been too darn long and I have no excuses.  First, on the medical front, since I last posted in September, I've been to MD Anderson for my 3-year check-up, and everything checked out fine again.  Many of you know that, and I hope that those of you who didn't assumed that no news was good news.  I am now coming to the 3 year anniversary of the date when I was first told that I was cancer-free, about 4 months after my transplant.  For Richter's transformation patients, being alive after 3 years is something that only a small minority experience.  I am blessed to be here.  More than that, I am blessed to be a disciple of the Savior, Jesus Christ, whose resurrection we celebrate today.
            I have not been bothered by my Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC) which I was diagnosed with last July or August.  I've been training for a half-marathon which is coming up next Sunday (Rock and Roll Raleigh Marathon and half-Marathon), and while I still use the inhaler occasionally, I'm pretty fit for a guy my age.  I've committed to what I am calling the "2015 Triple Play" for my blood cancer fund-raising project this year.  In addition to the Marathon on April 12th, I am planning to ride in a bicycle event called the NC Tour de Cure, which is a 'double century', 100 miles on May 16 and another 100 on May 17th.  Finally, I plan to join another Team in Training (TNT) event in Yosemite National Park on June 13th, and complete a 20 mile day hike.  I'm doing the fund raising for these 3 events combined, so I have one web page and one goal of $30,000.  If you want to donate, the link is  As always, the donations go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds research dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers.
             So for the last 2 months I have been training to some extent for all 3 events - I have advanced from a 3 mile jog up to a 7 mile run.  I will do one more run before next Sunday's race.  I expect to be able to run at least 10 miles out of the 13 on race day, and I am not hung up on 'performance' as some would like me to be.  I just want to cross the finish line before they pick up all the cones :-).
            I have also been walking the golf course once a week while carrying my bag to keep my 'hiking feet' in some semblance of readiness.  I have used my "Runkeeper" app while I play so I know that the entire course comes out to just under 7 miles, and that's with about 30 pounds of clubs and equipment on my back.
           Finally I have been riding my road bike at least once a week, usually for between 35 and 45 miles.  Once I get past the half marathon I will focus much harder on the cycling.
           27 people have donated to my cause so far, for a total of $14,550.  Every dollar helps, but I want to give an honorable mention to Eddy Tsang, who, for the third time, has donated $10,000 to a TNT event of mine.  I have known Eddy for almost 20 years now and while I can share many of his great qualities with you, his generosity speaks for itself.  Thanks Eddy!
           On April 24th I will be the keynote speaker, giving a survivor's perspective, at the North Carolina LLS Chapter's Annual Blood Cancer Conference.  Details here:

            Well, the Triple Play and the Blood Cancer Conference are the "big things" coming up.  Every day is a blessing and the rest of the family is doing well.  I hope and pray that this post finds you well and I look forward to hearing from you via calls, emails, or comments here on my blog - Happy Easter everyone.  Dan

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wild Montana Skies

Wiith Kenyon at Rock Creek Tuesfay 
On the Clark Fork Friday