Running in memory of Stever Rider

Running in memory of Stever Rider
Apr 20, 2009 by Brian Gist

Racing to Save Lives

I never thought I'd be the guy emailing friends to raise money for some run for some cause. I also never saw myself as someone who would join the anonymous bone marrow registry, or even sign up to be an organ donor.

All of that changed last summer.

Last summer, my best friend, Steve(r) (on the right) was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Syndrome. During the very rapid treatment and acceleration of this disease, I learned more than I ever thought I would about Leukemia, blast cells, stem cells, cell counts, etc. It eventually progressed to become acute myeloid leukemia.

In January, Stever's had his bone marrow transplant. His recovery started stronger than anyone expected. He saw strong blood cell counts inside of 40 days. He had limited GVHD, and the transplant was considered a success. At day 100 (the threshold for make-or-break), he was a model patient; a success story.

After 120 days, things took a suddenly took a turn for the worse. His counts plummeted. After 5 days, the specialist at SCCA determined the transplant has failed and rushed to schedule a re-transplant. Within two days, he fell ill - and 7 hours after being rushed to the hospital for a suddenly appearing illness, Stever succumbed to the complications associated with his leukemia. Stever passed away on June 5, 2009 - one year from the day he received his diagnosis.

Stever was one of the kindest, most positive human beings that have ever graced this planet. Never at any point through his treatments did Stever ever show a moment of negative energy, and he faced each day filled with energy and positive outlook. He fought to the very last minute, and he was a role model for anyone facing adversity.

Over 130,000 are diagnosed with Leukemia, Lymphoma, or other blood cancers each year. Supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) helps provide funding for research and new treatments.

Here's the skinny. I need money. UPDATE: I'm now trying to raise $2300 so I qualify for both the Rock & Roll 1/2 AND the Chicago Marathon. (This means I have to work my butt off). UPDATE TWO: I now have qualified for both marathons. The new goal of $3000 (if made) will make me run the full marathon in 4'30" (instead of the 5'00" i was planning). If we hit $3500 then I'll run in 4'00".

How can you help? Cash cash dolla dolla bill. Send me $5. Send me $50. Whatever you can spare. No donation is too small. (your employer probably makes matching donations. Email your HR person). (ed: Wonder why it is that titanium is greater than platinum)

If you have any questions, please email me.

For more information about Leukemia and other blood cancers, please visit the LLS website.

For more information about the Rock & Roll 1/2 - look here.

For more information about the Chicago Marathon -look here.

For more information on Stever and his condition, and his amazing experience , recovery, and sudden passing, please visit his blog. Its surprisingly uplifting,

Last - but not least. Please, please, please consider joining the Bone Marrow Registry. Anonymous donors save thousands of lives a year, but there aren't nearly enough to match all of the Leukemia patients that are in need. Please.


Supporter Comments

    "good luck brian! i'm doing the half marathon in july here on july 26th here in sf. so gonna hit you back up for support."

    schlesinger associates - san franisco

    Tue Jun 09 02:06:35 EDT 2009

    "thank you Eva for every step you take to find a cure."

    schlesinger associates - san franisco

    Thu Jul 20 03:42:24 EDT 2017

    "Good luck Brian, I know you can do it!!! We are very happy to help!! "

    Stephen Rink

    Tue Jun 09 03:19:12 EDT 2009

    "#TeamTsunami Awesome stuff, Andrew!"

    Tue Jun 13 07:58:59 EDT 2017

    "Thank you Andrew for giving our family the opportunity to contribute to a cause that has effected us personally as well! Tom and I fondly remember 3410! Good luck!!"

    Tue Jun 13 10:48:39 EDT 2017

    "3410 Octavia... where I shared a roof with one of the strongest people I know. Hopefully this small token can help others kick its a** like Ross did. "

    Thu Jun 15 04:27:29 EDT 2017

    "Last September, I was diagnosed with a 17 cm mass in my chest cavity, a diagnosis of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Large B Cell. Through 6 months of chemotherapy and radiation, I was one of the fortunate ones who BEAT this insidious disease. Throughout this journey, I was humbled many times. During my last chemo treatment, I sat beside a gentleman who was several years younger than me. His cancer had metastisized and he had no definitive end to his treatment. Even when times are tough, there is ALWAYS someone else who has it worse. I feel so blessed to be healthy now and it's time for me to pay it forward!! Please join me in helping raise money for a cure for blood cancer! If we can ALL give, even just a smalll amount, lives can and will be saved. I would love your company on October 28th for the Light The Night event in Cary, N.C! Lastly, if you or a loved one ever need support through cancer please don't hesitate to contact me! It would be an honor to help. Thank You!! Kat "

    Luke Winston

    Fri Jun 09 01:33:23 EDT 2017

    "Good luck and thank you for doing this!"

    Theresa Murray

    Wed Jun 10 12:32:15 EDT 2009

    "Good luck!!🍀 "

    Paul & Jean Rider

    Sun Aug 20 09:08:36 EDT 2017

    "Met you once Steve, but many times expenienced Johanna's joyous face when speaking of you. "

    Anne Huey

    Thu Jun 11 07:25:57 EDT 2009

    "Proud of you Jerry - keep on fighting my friend!!"

    Laura Konyha

    Thu Aug 17 09:21:02 EDT 2017

    " Thanks for the opportunity - happy to support!"

    Laura Konyha

    Thu Aug 17 04:20:17 EDT 2017

    "Proud of you and Rae for fighting back!"

    Laura Konyha

    Mon Aug 21 08:28:50 EDT 2017

    "Keep up the good work Jerry. Glad to help in any way possible."

    Laura Konyha

    Tue Aug 22 09:16:55 EDT 2017

    "Keep it going Shawna! Proud of you!"

    Fri Jun 02 01:00:35 EDT 2017

    "Go Shauna go!"

    Thu Jul 20 10:58:54 EDT 2017

    "Shauna, you're an inspiration to us all! Thank you for doing what you do to raise money to fight cancer!"

    Thu Jul 20 11:15:10 EDT 2017

    "Thank you for taking on this challenge and making a difference"

    Thu Jul 20 11:28:20 EDT 2017

    "Thank you for all you do. You're my role model."

    Thu Jul 20 12:43:43 EDT 2017

    "Such a great cause, Shauna. Thank you!!"

    Thu Jul 20 04:46:27 EDT 2017

    "Hi Shauna, I admire your continued dedication to the cause and send you best wishes for the training for your next adventure! Go Team. - Katrin"

    Fri Jul 21 09:49:07 EDT 2017

    "You are awesome! Thank you for supporting such an amazing cause."

    Fri Jul 21 02:46:45 EDT 2017

    "Keep on rockin Shauna"

    Fri Jul 21 05:58:33 EDT 2017

    "You are a true inspiration! "

    Sun Jul 23 04:56:38 EDT 2017

    "You rock Shauna!"

    Mon Jul 24 07:21:23 EDT 2017

    "Go, Shauna, go!"

    Sun Aug 13 07:57:30 EDT 2017

    "Good luck Shauna "

    Mon Aug 14 05:41:42 EDT 2017

    "I had the good fortune to work with Steve, his positive outlook was inspiring."

    Phillip Bogle

    Sat Jun 13 03:48:02 EDT 2009

    "Brian: Good luck and thanks for being such an inspiration"

    Amr and Dina

    Fri Jun 12 01:30:18 EDT 2009

    "Hello family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances! I'm participating in this year's New Orleans Leukemia Cup Paddle Board Race! It is a small way for me to support my friends Matt Tsun and Ross Carlson who have been an inspiration in kicking Leukemia's a**. LLS's continued advancements over the years, are responsible for the blood cancer survival rate doubling and tripling; in some cases, the survival rate has even quadrupled. And many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers. They're even being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. We really are changing the face of blood cancer! Please help me raise money to create a world without cancer for our friends and loved ones. On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere I thank you for your support!"

    Thu Jun 08 12:38:45 EDT 2017

    "Great way to support the Leukemia Foundation"

    Fri Jul 28 03:36:25 EDT 2017

    "Way to go Shauna! Good luck !"

    Thu Jul 20 01:45:53 EDT 2017

    "You are a stud!!!!!!!"

    Thu Jul 20 01:08:10 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $100.00 | Goal: $3,500.00
3 %

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In Memory of

Steve Rider

My Thanks To

Rick Gracely $100.00
Michael Schechter $100.00
Kirstin Nickerson $100.00
Anne Huey $100.00
Rich Wilson $100.00
Paul & Jean Rider $100.00
Virgilio L Calahong $100.00
Dana Breen $100.00
Stephen Rink $100.00
Laura Konyha $100.00
amanda olive $100.00
Amr and Dina $75.00
Jerry and Cindy Gist $50.00
Cristina & Derek $50.00
Dan Avstreih $50.00
Phillip Bogle $50.00
Cassie Wallender $50.00
Nic & Rachael $50.00
Gordon MacAlister $50.00
Ben & Shannon Rosenberg $50.00
Andreas Bieri $50.00
John Stoneham $50.00
Gina Corpening $50.00
Jacqueline Calahong $50.00
Amy Fagan $50.00
Anisa Shahin $25.00
Matthew Forbes $25.00
Jaime Sena $25.00
Chad Emrick $25.00
Neal Freeland $25.00
April Reed $25.00
Adam Sheppard $25.00
Zac Webb $25.00
Kelowna Vincent $25.00
Theresa Murray $25.00
Lisa Montoya $25.00
Luke Winston $25.00
Rebecca Riklin $25.00
James Meffen $25.00
Serene Zlatin $25.00
Summer and Roger (anricat... $15.00
Michael Campbell $10.00
Stephanie Williams $10.00
Markus $10.00
andrea lazarin $10.00
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