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stage 4 diffuse B cell lymphoma

I’m a father of 4, a first responder, and a military reservist. I was diagnosed with stage 4 diffuse B cell lymphoma. After losing my cousin to leukemia and 2 months later receiving my diagnosis, my whole world was turned upside down. 

In my line of work, I always had to uphold an invincible attitude, but to be in a fight with something that is invisible like cancer, knowing it can take your life at any moment was probably the most humbling experience I ever encountered. Not only did it affect me mentally and spiritually, but the strain it caused on my family was even more evident. It was then, I realized that cancer affects everyone around you, not just the patient. 

While going through my treatments, I reached out to a friend who is a leukemia survivor and is on the board of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). He explained to me all the good things that LLS was doing for not only research but also for patients. I was inspired by the organization and knew that I wanted to be a part of it in some way.

Prior to being diagnosed, I managed a small family-owned business called Trail Wolves. It’s a lifestyle brand focused on organizing an event called Rodeo X Rigs. Its main focus was to bring the offroad, overland, and outdoor communities together for different causes. We already hosted events that helped raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, Tuberculosis Sclerosis, Autism, Juvenile Diabetes, Toys for Kids with the California Highway Patrol CHiP’s for Kids program, and food and supplies for local animal shelters.

After going into remission, I knew my next mission was to continue the fight for LLS by helping others who are struggling or in the same situation as I was. I wanted to utilize my platform to bring awareness and raise funds for LLS through the Rodeo X Rigs events which will take place in multiple cities across California.

stage 4 diffuse B cell lymphoma