In case you can’t see the resemblance, let me introduce myself…
I am Kailen Combs Taylor’s brother, Jarrod Combs, and I am blogging to share some exciting but challenging news with Team KCT!
In just two weeks, on Saturday, September 8, I will be participating in Norton’s Bike to Beat Cancer to raise money to help people in our community in their fight against cancer in honor of my victorious cousin, Luke Bartley, my great-uncle, Schuyler Tucker, Jr., who is currently battling cancer, and in loving memory of my sister, Kailen Combs Taylor.
Because this will be my first distance bike ride, initially, I signed up to for the 35-mile ride. However, after thinking about ALL my sister went through in her battle with cancer, I decided 35 miles was not enough.
So, I made the decision to up my ride to 100 miles!
As part of Team KCT, I’m sure you remember that on September 13, 2012 my sister, Kailen, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 22. You’ll also remember how fiercely and bravely Kailen fought for the next three years until her body could no longer hold out and her battle with cancer ended when she went home to be with Jesus on September 15, 2015.
Being completely honest with you, when I looked back on all the things my sister went through and the many things my family and others have gone through, this is all I could think:
“For me, this is more than just a fundraising thing. Just like people who are in the fight to beat cancer, I’m not going to give up on this ride until I get to the finish line! I might struggle, I might cramp, I might even have to walk for part of it, but, I don’t want to get to the end of it just to say, ‘Oh, that wasn’t so bad.’ No! For me, this is about going beyond what I think my body thought is capable of doing and pushing past tiredness and fatigue. 100 miles is daunting, but, just think about how daunting it is when someone is diagnosed with cancer. They aren’t sure how they’ll get through everything, but, they push through — even when they want to quit.”
These thoughts not only led me to up my ride to 100 miles but also to set my fundraising goal at $5,000.00!
I would be greatly honored to have the support of Team KCT in tackling this 100-mile ride — even if it is $5.00 because every little bit adds up!
(Please Note: Donations are a simple lump sum — not per mile ridden.)
To join my team and learn more about Bike to Beat Cancer, click this link
Thank you so much for helping make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer!
Jarrod L. Combs