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On May 4th, I will turn 44 years old. It's a day I once had doubts I would ever see.

Once when I was young and stupid I went kicking and screaming into each new year (especially the big landmark ones).
After having a bout with lymphoma, I now welcome each passing year with open arms, thrilled to be able to take another revolution around the sun.

Also in more recent years (in my new found wisdom, perhaps?) I have tried to set an annual athletic challenge for myself to prove that my body is still able, although somewhat battered. For example, in 2014, eight months after my doctors declared me "NED" (that's what all cancer patients hope to hear, it means "no evidence of disease"), I rode 100 miles with my brother around London on the rainiest day I may have ever lived through. And for my 44th year, I have decided to do what I am calling my "New York City Biathlon".

On May 2nd, two days before my 44th birthday, I will do my (almost) annual ride in the Five Boro Bike Tour - some 40-ish miles from downtown Manhattan north to the Bronx, back to Manhattan, over the 59th Street Bridge into Queens then through Brooklyn to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and into Staten Island. (The ride home from the SI ferry makes it more like 50 miles, but...who's counting?)

The following weekend on May 7th (when I will be 44 years and 3 days), I will be doing "The Great Saunter", a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island on foot. It's something that I've always wanted to do, so I'm going to do it. I was born on this island, fell in love on this island, am raising my kids on this island, but I've never walked ALL the way around it. If anybody wants to join me for the Great Saunter, please do. It's an organized event and you have to pay a registration fee, but I think it will be well worth it. I think Jenn and Max and Charlie will join me for a bit of the walk (but not ALL of the 32 miles). Perhaps we'll make it a party!

I am doing the twin events not just for fun, but also to raise money for a group that helped me get to my 44th year (and has helped many others get to their 4th, their 104th and everything in between). The Lymphoma Research Foundation serves two great purposes. The first and foremost is by funding the most important medical research into the causes and potential cures for lymphoma. But the organization's secondary role is equally important to people who have just heard those dreaded words in their doctor's office: "You have cancer". LRF provides resources for people to read up quickly on their disease and try to decipher the (often conflicting) advice of multiple doctors, resources for finding cancer buddies to help you through treatment, etc.

So I hope you'll consider giving to LRF. Every little bit counts.

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