Why I Ride
Why I Ride
My name is Josh Gladieux. I am the Stacks Manager for Langson Library, at the University of California, Irvine.
In 2017, shortly after I started working at UCI, my mom was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma, an uncommon type of brain tumor typically occurring in the area of the pituitary gland. Although considered "benign" in the sense that they do not normally metastasize, the proximity of these tumors to the brain stem means they can still have permanent and severe effects. Mom underwent surgery which successfully removed the tumor, but she continues to struggle with many of these lasting effects.
I joined the 2021 UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge to help bring attention to craniopharyngioma, and other cancers, and to help support the science that will help us to eliminate this plague once and for all.
Mom gave me an anteater Beanie Baby as a gift when I first arrived at UCI as a student in 2005; On August 14, Peter and I will ride a 60 mile/100 kilometer on- and off-road course around Orange County on the same 1990s mountain bike mom and dad bought me just before I started high school. Last year proved far more challenging than anticipated, as did the ride, although we did complete a 100 km fondo. We'll do it again, and better, this year.
With determination, tenacity, and the pursuit of knowledge, we will all defeat cancer together. The view from the top of this mountain will be amazing.
How To Help
I joined the Anti-Cancer Challenge because I believe together we can create a cancer-free world.
Please join me in the fight against cancer in one of two ways:
- Make a fast, easy, and safe tax-deductible donation to help me meet my fundraising goal. One-hundred percent of participant proceeds go directly to life-saving cancer research at the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Every gift - no matter the size - makes an impact on the cancer fight.
- Join my team to ride, run, walk, volunteer and celebrate on Challenge Day. Together, we stop at nothing to end cancer.
Are you ready to rise to the challenge and put cancer behind us? Join me!
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