My name is Chris Renouf and I will be riding in the Less Cancer bike ride to Mackinac. I have only been riding for about seven years, but I love it! I am a stage 4 prostate cancer survivor and riding my bike has been a great way for me to stay active and help keep up my strength. It is a challenge because of the medication that I take that seems to zap most of my energy. I have no complaints and feel incredibly lucky that I can continue to be active. I participate on a weekly ride at work and ride in a few charity rides during the year. I’d really like to ride more and plan to do that. I am so thankful that I discovered cycling. I have found that it is also a fantastic stress reliever. Being part of a group ride is a lot of fun and I have found that cycling is a great way to socialize. I also like to do some running but cycling is more fun! In addition to a proper diet, I know staying active is so vitally important to try to beat or even prevent this horrendous disease.
I am really excited to participate in this great event! Bill is an old friend and he asked me to ride last year but I couldn’t make it happen. I promised him I would participate this year and I am so glad to help support him, Ride Leader, Suzi Tobias and this tremendous cause. I wouldn’t miss it. Like everyone, I have friends that have cancer. One friend is now in weekly chemo for liver cancer and another friend is undergoing chemo for prostate cancer. I will think of them and others I know who are battling Cancer while I ride.