I am Richard Allen and this is my story.
I am 64 years old and from Morristown, NJ. I have lived in Boston, MA Atlanta GA. and Guadalajara , Mexico, but my homebase has been NJ. I am married and have two adult children; Marshall and Lindsay. They are both happily married and my son and his wife recently gave me my first grandchild, Scarlett Jade, who I am over the moon about. I am an independent recruiting consultant in healthcare and a personal fitness trainer and advisor.
Cancer has brought me to my knees several times in my immediate family and I was sickened and devastated that lightning would strike twice. When I was a young boy of 12, my five year old brother, David, died of Leukemia. Being that it was 1968 treatment was limited. In 2010, my sister, Melissa, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. She is now a 10 year survivor and is living her life with her husband and daughter in NH. My mother-in-law, Leah Weiss, a Holocaust survivor, was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in her later years and unfortunately succumbed to it. Since their diagnoses I have helped launch and participate in Relay for Life, The American Cancer Societies premier event in Morristown, NJ. Because of my experiences with cancer and wanting to help others, I donate blood and platelets as often as I can. Through competing, and blood donations, I have met some of the bravest and most dignified human beings that walk the earth.
I am passionate about cycling and raising money for cancer research. I have participated in Team in Training, and have raised money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Over that past two years, I have cycled over 17,000 miles and have taken part in several Grand Fandos. I also engage in marathons and triathlons whenever I can. Running used to be my sport, but with chronic ankle issues I fell in love with cycling. Riding helps me with the stresses and strains of modern living. To be able to be a part of RAAM21 is a dream come true and to be able to do that while raising money for cancer is a win/win in my book. Please help to support me on this journey.