My name is Gerry Schilling and I’m an 11 year survivor of throat cancer. Thanks to my family, medical team and, most of all, the guidance and support of my wonderful wife, Julie, I was able to defeat this horrible disease for now. During my eight-week regimen of weekly chemo treatments and radiation twice-a-day, I began watching the Tour de France to pass the time. Once I was able to get back on my bike post-treatment, I began commuting to work on two wheels and eventually joined a local group on weekly rides. I was thrilled when a couple of my riding mates asked me to participate in the 300-mile Port Huron to Mackinac ride, in support of lesscancer.org.
I will be riding not only in memory of the many dear friends I’ve lost to this disease (BMB, JRB, SKS, CLM, GRC), but also for the current support of my College roommate Craig Bade (Game ON Craig!) as he gallantly battles cancer.
I am looking forward to joining Dave Toutant, Brian Burke, Barry Patterson and the rest of the my Less Cancer teammates to help bring awareness to this outstanding organization and help find a cure for this terrible disease, one pedal stroke at a time.
You can help by donating here.
I had Melanoma 10 years ago. We have all had friends & family who have not been as fortunate to say that so, lets support the people who will ride & raise with passion on a disease that effects everyone on the planet.