Just Keep Going
What do you do when not one, but two family members are diagnosed with a brain tumor?
Well, for Erik, he decided it was time to travel, but where’s he’s headed, there won’t be palm trees and drinks with little umbrellas. Nope, Erik decided it was time to ride his bike across America to raise awareness of this disease and the funds to support the American Brain Tumor Association’s research efforts.
Erik’s family knows all too well the impact of a brain tumor diagnosis. They also know how research is changing the outcome of a brain tumor diagnosis.
Years ago, Erik’s uncle Mark passed away from a brain tumor. “Back then, there weren’t many treatments available,” Erik reminds us. But when his little brother Henry was diagnosed just six years ago, the doctors not only had more treatments available, but they had a better understanding about the science of brain tumors.
“My brother is alive and well today because of research. I want every family to have the same story to tell, so we must bring more awareness to this disease to help get more funding to support research.”
An avid cyclist, Erik decided to ride from his hometown of New York to Los Angeles, stopping in towns and cities across America to raise awareness of this disease.
With nothing but his good buddy Karam, a backpack, his bike and an endless determination, Erik hit the open road on August 19, 2019. Riding between 65 to 85 miles a day, Erik would stop to rest in small towns and big cities to share his story.
About 60 days and 3,000 miles later, through sunny skies and bone-chilling rain, Erik coasted into Los Angeles. When asked what he learned from this experience, Erik simply said, “just keep going.”