First of all, don't treat this thread as a joke or anything like that,
it was not easy to put it together and it is serious.
A close cyclist friend (who I respectfully have to treat as anonymous in this forum)
Has been diagnosed early this year with stage 4 pancreatic cancer,
(I just learnt about this 2 months ago, and since supported him.
He has always been an avid cyclist and a contender in races,
(he always called himself the criterium master) - he has also participated as a B grade pro cyclist for 4 years (1994-1998)
Anyway, chemo did not show improvements, this type of cancer is spreading rapidly and at this point is a matter of managing rather than cure.
I started talking cycling with him and focused on the great and good things,
We stayed away from topics such as his treatment, career and just focused on the "hopefulls",
He was very enthusiastic since we started talking again, and his wife told me he started cycling again,
despite low energy levels.
I know there is not much we can do about his treatment, but I know there is something we can do about having him motivated and smiling.
I have engaged myself and riders I know, as well as a few bike shops and some contacts on local teams to do one thing (little response so far)
shoot as many pictures with a sign "Rob Be Strong!" so that I can send those to him or compile something.
I have engaged myself in going to all major scenic rides before the end of this year (hopefully we are not too late)
and always shooting a photo with the sign.
All in all, sorry for coming forward with this huge thing out of the blue,
but I don't think we have much time, and I just want to do something good.
If I could ask you guys to read this post and consider, perhaps joining in, I am sure this would make a World of difference.
I have started slowly with two photos, which are crap so far (but it is hard to take a photo of yourself with a phone)
(i have tried to engage social media, but it just simply does not work with people who do not love cycling, such as us)
If you have any questions about this just send me an personal message.
The only thing I would kindly ask, if you are up for it,
is too shoot photos during your rides with the sign.
(I always try to attach my first sign, but this is just a start, I think we can do much better, and am working hard to accomplish this)
Again, if this thread is out of place, or not relevant, I am sure admins will remove it,
but this is real,
and I am sure we can do something good - at least keep the guy smiling!
(I hope you appreciate the fact the he needs to remain anonymous, if we are posting photos with his first name)
Uploaded a couple of recent photos already.
Thank you all for great support and a great cause,
this WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
If you are having any issues with submitting your photos,
I am working on a solution to be able to upload, will keep you posted,
the temporare site was set up at www.robbestrong.com - I just need to create a way to be able to upload and comment,
coming very soon
Rob be strong!!