In July of 2020, Larry began experiencing symptoms of fatigue that affected his ability to function normally. In a matter of a few short months, Larry went from being an active runner, swimmer, and cyclist (with a Half Ironman and multiple triathlons to his name) to being reliant on a walker, and then a wheelchair.
After several days in the hospital, MRIs, CT scans, an ultrasound, and a lumbar tap, doctors were not able to diagnose the specific cause. Larry, a college professor, had to stop teaching mid-semester and entered rehab for three weeks. Instead of regaining strength, he continued to lose mobility, and his speech and swallowing were affected.
After ending up in the ER twice, doctors determined his condition warranted a level of care and attention that only the Mayo Clinic could provide. Larry was airlifted to the clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, where he could be under the care of some of the best specialists and neurosurgeons in the world. On December 15, 2020, they performed a biopsy on his brainstem to test for the presence of a tumor.
On December 21, Larry and his family learned that he has a terminal brainstem tumor. Larry has always been an enthusiastic encourager. This ride is just a small way for us to be that for him.
On January 16, I plan to ride 12 hours on Zwift's Watopia Island using a smart turbo trainer. I'll be doing this for Larry McKeithan. I and some friends were seeking to raise money to help purchase an adapted van for Larry as he was fighting a then undiagnosised nuerological ailment that slowly diminished his mobility.
Unfortunately, Larry learned on December 21, that he has a terminal brain stem tumor. This turns the page to a new chapter in Larry's battle, and so our objectives are changing. There are going to be expenses surrounding Larry's care and future that we want to be here to meet. We will keep updating this site as we learn more.
My friend, Michael McCaskill, was my inspiration to start the I Do It For Foundation. The first ever event was to encourage him with his fight with a brain tumor. This makes my Ride For Larry all the more poingnant. I am thankful for my friend, Michael Moore, who first approached me about this endeavor. Together we're riding for Larry!
Of course, I Do It For is about more than money. We seek to encourage Larry with our efforts doing what he loved -- running, cycling, and swimming. Every mile training and completing our challenges will be for his encouragement.
You can do it for Larry too by donating here. Be assured that 100% of your donation goes to the inspiration's need. The I Do It For Foundation pays for all administrative costs.