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.
I’m doing this because Larry is a man who has been an inspiration to me over several years and many miles. There was a time when we regularly enjoyed running together while swapping crazy stories (he did most of the talking – I was just huffing and puffing to keep up). He was one of those patient running partners who gently pushed me to be better, go farther, run faster. When I ran my first (and final?!) marathon, Larry joined me for the last eight miles to give me the boost I needed to get through the hardest part of the race and across the finish line.
Since Larry was a triathlete, I think it’s only proper that we include runners, cyclists, and swimmers in this campaign. Lately I’m running less and biking more, so I’m focusing my efforts on training for an epic gravel ride to honor Larry and raise money for costs related to his condition and treatment.
I’d love for others to join me in “doing it for Larry” – pick your sport, set a big goal, and invite your friends to give to support Larry. Or if sport is not your thing, just give! Thanks to the generosity of the I Do It For Foundation, every dime goes directly to Larry – no transaction/processing fees deducted from your gift.
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.