By Katie Turchin
SAN DIEGO — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Before our son Myer was diagnosed, the only color ribbon I knew was pink, but now I proudly wear gold in honor of Myer and all the other Warriors fighting this battle on a daily basis. Overall the Maintenance phase has been going well for us and Myer has really been enjoying Kindergarten. He has missed a few days due to scheduled clinic visits and also just not feeling well after his steroid and Methotrexate pulses. He was able to share his story with his classmates and introduce them to his stuffed Monkey, Bananas who sits in his chair when he isn’t able to be at school. His class was so supportive of him and they all proudly sported a Super Boy tattoo and his amazing teacher Mrs. Hobson sends us great pictures of Bananas keeping up with Myer’s school work!
We feel so fortunate to have such an amazing Super Boy Crew fighting beside us along this crazy journey this past 11 months (I can’t believe it has almost been a year since diagnosis), and we are so excited to have the opportunity to give back. Padres Pedal The Cause is a two day bike ride that raises money that goes towards FOUR! different cancer research organizations in San Diego, one of which is Rady Children’s Hospital! Pedal The Cause has a wonderful program called “Ride For a Child” where they set up an existing Organization/Team with a kid from Rady’s that they ride in honor of, and Myer was one of the kids chosen to be a part of this program! We have been teamed up with an incredible team called the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers and we have already met our team captain, David Fatula, and a bunch of the riders! They have already joined our Super Boy Crew and we are so excited to merge our two groups and help fund raise to make a “world without cancer”! So…you are probably asking yourself, how can we help?! There are lots of ways to join our team, and we hope you will consider one of them!
The big event is November 12-13th. Here is the link to our team page. You have the option to donate or join the team. http://sandiego.pedalthecause.org/team_profile.jsp?MemberID=6410
If you are interested in riding, there are several different options available. You can ride one day or both days, a few miles or lots of miles, you can ride on a stationary bike on Petco field, you can even be a virtual rider and just ask for donations!
Saturday is the main day that we will be participating in and we hope you can join us in one or both of the activities planned. There is a Superhero Kids Challenge bike ride from 3:00-4:30 p.m. that both our daugher Ella and Myer will be participating in and would love for their friends to join them (registration is $40)! The other big opportunity is from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. there is an Aid Station at Mile 44 in Alpine for all the riders and our team needs volunteers! This is our chance to cheer everyone on and let our team know how much we appreciate them and how proud we are of them! We will be handing out water and fruit and just showing them a good time and encourage them to make it through the rest of the course! Most of the riders from our team are from North (San Diego) County, so it would be great if we could represent East (San Diego) County and sign up to represent the Super Boy Crew! If you would like to volunteer, click on the Corte Madera Aid Station option when prompted.
If you would like to support Pedal The Cause, but you aren’t available that weekend, you can always donate to our team. When you click on the link above it should take you to our team page and you will see both Myer and Ella’s names at the top. If you would like to donate directly to their ride, just click on their name!
Lastly, there is a Kick-off Party on Saturday night at Petco for everyone who is involved. Myer’s 6th birthday just happens to be that Monday (Nov. 14th), so we will be doing something special for him that night and would love for you all to be a part of it! I have said many times throughout this past year that life can change in a day, and those of Myer, Ella, husband Josh and myself certainly have, but it has also allowed for opportunities like this where we have been introduced to wonderful people and organizations that give back and make a difference. We are looking forward to a life changing weekend and we hope you will consider joining us!
Turchin is a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.