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Team BEAM stands for BE AMAZING and was the chemotherapy that saved my life. 2 years ago I started Team Yewdell and now our TEAM has grown. This is not about me, this is about everyone getting a better chance when they hear the dreaded words, "you have cancer."
This year, the Team BEAM will be riding for:
Rachel Benowich - the most incredibly positive person I know. She is currently battling Brain Cancer and there is not a day that goes by where she doesn't have a smile on her face. She is so incredibly strong and inspires me everyday to be better.
Lizzy Stein - Is the newest member of Team BEAM who started her fight in December just days after turning 21 years old. The most beautiful thing here is that even in such dark times, I have never seen anyone so positive in my life. I was fortunate enough to be welcomed in the infusion room on day 1 and I can tell you, Lizzy spent the 6 hours of chemo smiling and showing me that she will never let this disease win.
Chelsea Carpenter - the reason why I believe things happen for a reason. I met her the week before I went into Chemo and she was such an incredible support system for my entire fight. Last year she was diagnosed with Angiosarcoma and the roles were reveresed. We will have a special bond for the rest of our VERY LONG LIFE
Anthony Gervaise - the reason why you never know where you might meet a life long friend. I was getting a PET scan one day and heard a scared family in the room next to me. They were not diagnosed, they knew nothing and it appeared they had no idea what the future entailed so I stepped in and introduced myself. This is where I met Anthony - who was later diagnosed with the same disease as me and began the exact same treatment as me the weeks following. I watched Anthony have the exact same attitude as I did and got through Chemo with flying colors. He showed me how much attitude affect your fight.
Zack Jenis - the definition of tough. Zack was living a normal healthy life when he found out he had a very rare form of cancer. As scary as that may be, Zack looked cancer in the eyes and made sure it would not let it win. He has been battling for the past year and everytime I get updates, I hear he is staying postive and progressing towards one day being cancer free
Matt Arendas - Was the start of me believing, "everything happens for a reason." Matt worked for my company (Campus Protein) for 3 years before he graduated and moved overseas. In those 3 years, me and Matt grew very close and became great friends. It wasn't until I was diagnosed that I realized why he was put in my life. Within minutes of finding out I had 3 tumors in my chest, I gave Matt a call. Not even then did I realize how intertwined our lives would become. It turns out we shared the same disease in Hodgekins Lymphoma and Matt would help guide me through some troubling times. Without Matt, this all wouldnt be possible.
Nathan Sachs - who recently lost his battle to cancer. He was told he did not have much time yet he looked cancer in the face and fought for nearly a year. He showed me what strength truly was and I will forever use him as my inspiration.
Michael Yewdell - My life was changed forever when I was diagnosed with Hodgekins Lymphoma in the summer of 2017. I truly believe everything happens for a reason because that was the start of my new life purpose. I was lucky enough to have a dear friend (Matt Arendas) in my life who happen to battle the same disease 5 years earleir. He taught me that Cancer gives you life rather than takes it away. He altered my mindset going into this fight and I will forever be thankful to him for that. I realized that you need this mindset when you hear the dreaded C-word and it became my mission to help as many people out as possible going forward. This was the true start for Team BEAM.
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