Our community matters! My wife, our two beautiful daughters and I live in our Inland Empire community. My wife and I own and run several small local businesses. I have served and continue to serve the public on numerous community panels and advisory boards, and have most recently founded a Neighborhood Watch Group. My wife and I employ fine people from our community. I am involved in our community because each of us in our community matters. As an immigrant to the United States, I have always understood and appreciated the opportunity that living in our community and my adopted country has given to me and my family.
On October 4, 2021, I was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was given 6 months to live. As you can imagine, this was a shock to my family and myself. Well, if you know me and my personality, you know such a diagnosis is not acceptable to me, neither is that timeline. I have two beautiful young children that need their father.
I immediately took action and reached out to Dr. Anderson in Houston Texas for a second opinion. With God on my side, we came up with a strategy to maintain and control the growth of my cancer. Luckily, my doctor served as a fellow under one of the best doctors at the City of Hope who suggested that we contact him. Thankfully, he took me on as a patient, and now have a plan in place with a 56-hour chemo treatment that seems to be working. Needless to say, there have been some rough days and some great days.
I am thankful for every day for my care and my family, and I will continue to fight for each day I have on this Earth, watching my girls grow up.
As a businessman, I respect and value that my success is directly connected to the hard work and commitment to excellence reflected in the people my wife and I employ. The people whom we employ respect and value the efforts that we put into running the businesses where they work. To succeed, we need each other. As one of the representatives of our community, I fully appreciate the efforts and the dedicated medical team at the City of Hope. Each day that I go to the City of Hope, I see thousands of men and women with cancer fighting for their lives and also see the dedication of the medical team that make them as comfortable as possible.
Giving back is part of my soul. In the US, one in two women and one in three men will develop cancer sometime in their lifetime. Sadly, many are not paying attention nor do they realize how bad we need funding for research. Therefore, my wife and I have decided to give back to our community. This time, however, it will not be winter coats or grants, but a donation to the City of Hope. We desire to bring more awareness to cancer and to raise funds for research that will eliminate this wretched disease all the while bringing hope and comfort to individuals with their families fighting cancer. Ride for Hope, under the banner of our Lincoln Foundation of Riverside County, will have its inaugural ride on October 1st. We will continue annual rides for years to come. Our corporate partners and I will raise money for cancer awareness and research for the City of Hope. God willing, together we can beat this horrible disease. No one individual is as strong as all of us working together! Will you join us?