#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 23
We are getting closer each day to completing this ride, today we started out from Port St. Joe, FL. The weather was absolutely beautiful today, temps were in the mid 80’s and the wind direction for the most part was in my favor. We left the hotel a little later than normal, needed to make a quick doctor visit to the hospital located right next to the hotel to have the saddle sores checked out! The doctor diagnosed me with cellulitis and ordered me off the bike for at least two days…unfortunately don’t have the two days so the pain meds will really come in handy!
When I returned to the hotel last night from the hospital, Al & Mimi Tipson were waiting in the lobby for me. They had seen the 28 day, 2800 mile ride flyers that we have been leaving in the hotel lobby. They wanted to donate to the cause as they are both Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivors! NH Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphoid tissue which includes the lymph nodes, spleen, and other organs of the immune system. It was great to meet them and hear their story so today I dedicate my ride to them; they are a great couple from Memphis, TN.
Want to give “kudos” to the state of Florida on helping to promote lung cancer prevention. While riding North on Hwy 319 towards Tallahassee, we pulled over to do our daily video in the front of the “Express Lane to Lung Cancer” sign. In all our research throughout the trip, Lung Cancer is rated the NUMBER 1killer in the United States. Approximately 30% of deaths will be attributed to lung cancer, and 53,800 people will die each year from secondhand smoke! When you walk in those smoke free environments these days, thank God because it’s an effort to help save your life! Just for the record, colon cancer will account for 9% of the deaths in the United States, second highest death rate of a cancer diagnosis.
Think of the lives that can be saved from early detection and prevention…over 208,000 people! Let’s continue in our quest to have our family members get checked and let’s take responsibility for our health!