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Thanks for a great 2018 DGR!

Posted on Friday 5th

The Chicago ride was this past Sunday -- what a fantastic time taking over Lake Shore Drive with all those bikes!  A sincere thank you to all who supported me in my fundraising efforts!

Almost ready!

Posted on Thursday 4th

Thanks for a Great Week!

Posted on Wednesday 29th

Southwest Michigan was perfect for a ride this past Sunday, and I got a great pic of the Bonneville I'll be riding on September 30th.  Between the vineyards, hop farms, corn fields and orchards, summer was definitely in the air.  A sincere thank you to all who've contributed to my campaign so far, both near and far.  It really means a lot.  Thank you!

Why I'm Participating in This Year's Ride

Posted on Thursday 16th

On August 22, 2016, I went to the Northwestern ER here in Chicago with what had escalated into the most excruciating back pain I’ve ever experienced.  I was reduced to tears, incapacitated, and couldn’t move into any comfortable position.  Results of scans showed multiple lesions on my spine that were compromising my vertebrae.  ER doctors told me they suspected prostate cancer.  A subsequent biopsy confirmed metastatic prostate cancer at the age of 47, young for an aggressive cancer that had already spread well outside of my prostate and into my lymph nodes and bones.

After undergoing targeted radiation therapy on my spine to relieve the immediate pain, I started the standard care of treatment:  androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and chemotherapy in an effort to get things under control, and lower my prostate-specific antigen (PSA).  Unfortunately, ADT only works for a limited period of time before the body develops a resistance to it.  ADT was effective for the first 20 months or so, but my PSA has begun to creep back up, a signal that the cancer will spread if left unchecked.  Doctors also recommended genetic counseling to shed light on whether there was a genetic reason for the early onset and aggressiveness of my cancer.  Results revealed I’d inherited a mutation in the BRCA2 gene which prevents my DNA from repairing itself.

On the bright side, the gene mutation has opened me up to other treatments that have the potential to be particularly effective, but they are not FDA approved, and are mostly available through clinical trials.  As depressing as it is, I’ve forced myself to research these potential treatment options, associated side effects, etc. to find the best match for my case.  I continue to be enrolled in one clinical trial at MD Anderson in Houston, where I was randomized into the control group (no treatment), and am currently undergoing an immunotherapy protocol as the next step in my treatment plan, now that ADT has begun to fail.  The idea is to supercharge my immune system to prepare it for future treatments which I hope to begin soon, after my next round of scans.

The reality is that there is currently no cure for what I have, and I can only hope to extend my life for as long as possible before the disease takes over.  I’m trying to remain optimistic and continue to hope for something that will provide some degree of sustainable longevity.

The Movember Foundation is doing some great work in support of research that could extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer.  In fact, my oncologist at MD Anderson was one of just six recipients last year of a Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Challenge Award, awarded in partnership with the Movember Foundation.  PCF received a donation of $5.4 million from the Movember Foundation to help fund the 2017 Challenge Awards.  Of these funds, $687,000 came from the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.  Since 2007, the Movember Foundation has contributed more than $50 million to PCF to further new discoveries in prostate cancer research.

What am I doing to help cope with all of this uncertainty?  First and foremost, I’ve been remarkably lucky and fortunate to have the support of a great family and network of friends, as well as access to fantastic medical care at Northwestern, University of Chicago and MD Anderson.  I have also found quite a bit of meditative relief in riding my motorcycles (a Triumph Tiger 800 XC and a Triumph Bonneville T100).  Amongst countless other weekend rides, I’ve had an incredible amount of fun riding around Lake Michigan (clockwise and counter-clockwise), seeing some of the most beautiful stretches of Lake Superior (Copper Harbor and Highway 61), exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, traveling into northern Minnesota and Canada, and hitting five countries in central Europe.  For me, the need to focus on not much more than the few seconds and road immediately in front of me that comes with motorcycling has been immensely therapeutic for taking my mind off things.

So … what could be better than the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for giving me the chance to do one of the things I enjoy most, while simultaneously raising money for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health issues?  Finally, that’s where you come in.  I’m asking you to please consider making a donation and sponsoring me on the 2018 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.  Don’t forget about your employer’s matching contribution, if available.  Take a look at the pictures on my page (by scrolling down) to see my Triumph Bonneville T100 I’ll be riding on September 30th (and also a few pics of my Triumph Tiger).  Profound thanks for your consideration!  Brian.

Join me on the Ride for Men's Health in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Posted on Wednesday 1st

On Sunday the 30th of September, I will don my finest attire with my fellow men and women across the globe to join the fight with The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride to raise awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health. But before I press my tweed and polish my boots, I need you to donate what you can for this meaningful cause and help me reach my goal.

For your uncles, your brothers, your fathers and friends. Donate what you can, for their lives need not end.

My Sponsors

Mom, Lisa And Craig Kitzman

We love you and wish we could be there be there for it. We hope you have a spectacular fall ride on Sunday!

$600 USD
The Scully Family

Brian - Thank you for doing the ride and being part of this cause. And, thank you for sharing your full story. The Scully Family thinks about you all the time.

$515 USD
Jim And Jenny Mosteller

I am looking forward to hearing about the ride.

$510 USD
Doug Mackay

You’ve got me in your prayer corner! Add that to the bio!

$510 USD
Jeff Kerr

$500 USD
Andy And Ruth

Prost!

$500 USD
Shawn Lynch

$500 USD
Anonymous

$500 USD
Jerry, Mindi, Sam & Adam

We love you!

$310 USD
Bob And Inga Simitz

Ride on, Sir!

$260 USD
Beth & Mike Hayes

Stay strong Brian! Have a great ride!

$250 USD
Carrie Cotter

Wishing you a safe ride and a very Happy Birthday to you and Lisa!

$208 USD
Joseph And Susan Gagliardi

Live Strong and Stay Strong Brian!

$208 USD
Keary &spiros

~Straight roads do not make skillful drivers~ Yaissou!

$208 USD
Dru & Kathy Henke

Thank you for sharing your story. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and Lisa. Enjoy the ride!!!

$208 USD
Brian And Karen Daily

Here’s to you Brian!

$208 USD
Kevin Saedi

$208 USD
Kevin Hayden And Family

Enjoy every minute you have.

$208 USD
John Belcaster

All best for a wonderful ride into the great wide open.

$200 USD
Thomas Turk

$200 USD
Stephen Hirt

$200 USD
Tim & Debbie Brennan

Sending thoughts and prayers to you, Lisa and the boys! Stay positive and we are in your corner to beating cancer! Enjoy the ride and be safe!

$200 USD
Julie Moller

$156 USD
Judith B Larscheid

Enjoy the ride! All the best!

$156 USD
Charles Hwang & Rachel Cottone

Woo hoo, tweedapalooza! Have a great ride, Brian. Stay strong, keep fighting. We're thinking of you.

$156 USD
Deb & Andy Wolkstein

Wishing you all the best Brian!

$150 USD
Steve And Laurie Nations

Go Brian!

$108 USD
Huizinga Family

Ride like the wind!

$104 USD
William Pearson

$104 USD
Tracy Dell'angela Barber

Beautiful bikes and great post. Enjoy your ride!

$104 USD
Tom Delano

Good luck in the fundraising! Have a great ride!

$104 USD
Bones Family

$104 USD
Paul And Julie Mann

Ride strong, brother!

$104 USD
Adam And Cara Klass/shoss

Sending strength, support, hope, and healing energy to you and your family.

$104 USD
Jeff & Kathy Condon

Enjoy the ride!

$104 USD
Kelly Carioti

Cheering for you Brian! All My Best to You, Lisa and Your Family!

$104 USD
Chris Allscheid

Ride on Brian!

$104 USD
Mike Mcgrew

Positive thoughts and well wishes coming to you from North Carolina. Keep battling and ride on, my friend.

$104 USD
Laurel And Chris Van Dromme

Ride on!

$104 USD
Matt And Diane Johnson

$104 USD
Calli Selzer Kohmann

Bless you on this journey Brian !

$104 USD
Talia And Gabe Plotkin

Sending our support, optimism, strength, and wishing you all the best!

$104 USD
Tracy Wilson

$104 USD
Marie & John Stinneford

Brian, What an honor to be able to show our support and love for an amazing person and beautiful family. You are in our prayers. Enjoy the ride! We can't wait to see the pictures!

$104 USD
Annette And Brian Coffee

in strength, friendship and sincere admiration...

$104 USD
David Weindling

Have a great ride!

$104 USD
Libbey & Michael Paul

Thanks for making the ride. My father had prostrate cancer and I appreciate the research funding. Sending prayers and good wishes your way.

$104 USD
Eric And Lisa Sorensen

Enjoy the Ride!

$104 USD
Julie & Jerry Kerr

$104 USD
Mike And Andrea Lofgren

$104 USD
Joe Wright

We are thinking about you guys. Rock the tweed and have a great ride.

$104 USD
Chee Kim

Here’s to not letting cancer define who we are.

$104 USD
Richard Draffone

I prefer the Indian, by Triumph works almost as well!

$104 USD
Chris & Joanne Heyer

$104 USD
Kevin Clifton

$104 USD
Michele Mcandrews

$104 USD
Michele Mcandrews

$104 USD
Joe Shapiro

$104 USD
Amy And Thad Felton

$104 USD
Julie Kessler

Thank you to Mike McGrew for sharing your story that you have written so well. I remember some fun times at OSU and am sending up prayers for a safe ride and full healing.

$104 USD
Anonymous

Have a great ride Brian.

$104 USD
Anonymous

$104 USD
Robert And Sophia Van Der Meer

Enjoy the ride. Strength.

$104 USD
Chris & Dawn Riedel

Wishing you all the power of thoughts and prayers that we can send your way!! ????????

$104 USD
Don & Deseri Mcfadden

Thank you for sharing your story. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

$104 USD
The Kilburgs

$104 USD
Lee Stanard

$100 USD
Steven Allscheid

Brian, the Triumph Bonneville T100 looks great. Keep riding!

$100 USD
Jeff Groulx

$100 USD
Thomas Simmons And Marketa Lindt

Brian, we are thinking about you and your family. Wishing you a great ride. - Tom and Marketa

$100 USD
Marita & Paul Schofield

Good luck on your ride and keep fighting!

$100 USD
Katie Ernst

Brian - so proud to know you. Congrats on a great ride!

$100 USD
Roger Kitzman

Brian, Enjoy your ride, most important, hang tough health wise. You can beat this. Uncle Roger, Aunt alicia

$100 USD
Steven Poe

Ride on bro!

$100 USD
Mike & Bridget Thomason

happy riding to you!

$100 USD
Lynn & Jon

$100 USD
Marcia And Paul Schattauer

Have a great ride!

$62 USD
Charles Milofsky

Ride Onward!

$62 USD
Anonymous

Good luck!

$52 USD
Gary Brandt

$52 USD
Kyle Hunneke

$52 USD
Debra Dimarco

$52 USD
Michael Lill

hey Brian, It's awesome that you're raising money for this cause. Have a great ride! ~Mike

$52 USD
Anonymous

$52 USD
Tom Telleen

Happy to contribute to a worthy cause! Enjoy the ride!

$52 USD
Tracy Smith

Have a great ride!!

$52 USD
Carolyn Marlowe

Hope you have great weather as you fight for a great cause. Continued prayers for healing.

$52 USD
Damon And Marcia La Porte

Go man go!

$52 USD
Dan/barb Mcphillips

$52 USD
Amy Miller

$52 USD
Michelle Brandt

Happy 50th Brian & Lisa! We look forward to hearing about the ride next weekend. Enjoy!

$52 USD
Mike And Linda Ryan

$52 USD
Jill And Dan Niewoehner

Thinking of you, Lisa and the kids. Jill and Dan Niewoehner

$52 USD
Mike And Erin Zimmer

Praying for you! Immunotherapy has had some amazing outcomes, so let’s hope this is the answer. Have a great ride!

$52 USD
Laura And Steve Derks

$52 USD
Bill Buelterman

$52 USD
Layden Kiesling

$52 USD
Jennifer Volin

Have a great ride Brian!

$52 USD
Stephanie Kloster - De La Rosa & Jose De La Rosa

$52 USD
Daniel Greenstone

Brian, I'm so glad to participate in this. I hope the ride is amazing!

$52 USD
Betsy Riley

$52 USD
Kelly & Tim Enwright

Brian -- we are praying for you. Enjoy the ride!

$52 USD
Jan Long

$52 USD
Anonymous

Nice ride + great cause = fun day. enjoy

$52 USD
Kevin & Kim Allgood

$52 USD
Jared Burzler

Brian- You're an inspiration to this ride... Keep your positive attitude. I hope that you reach your goal and enjoy the DGR 2018.

$52 USD
Kelly Mcintyre

$52 USD
Kate & Bruce Ulrich

$52 USD
Lory Newcomb

Best wishes on your upcoming ride and continued brave journey.

$52 USD
Brian Bonomo

$52 USD
Dan Debrosse

Thanks Brian for sharing and doing this for all of us men! Good Luck!

$50 USD
Bonnie Finn

$50 USD
Robert Wood

Really inspirational Blog Brian! I'm taking part in the Sacramento ride with my cousin and will be thinking of you. Stay Strong!!

$50 USD
Brad & Sue Widmann

Brian, They say...”Life is a Highway”..... Enjoy the Ride!

$50 USD
Dana Brown

The Browns are behind you. Enjoy your ride!

$50 USD
Tommy & Missy Ward

Prayers from Nashville! Go for the cure, both our dads are fighting this right now too!!

$50 USD
Tina Reynolds

Brian, we live right near MD Anderson in Houston - less than 2 miles away. Please let us know if you need a place to stay or need anything at all next time you come to Houston. I'm friends with Marie DeBrosse Stinneford and was a roomate of Lisa's too for awhile at OSU - you may remember me. Please know we're here for you.

$50 USD
Theresa Golomb-romero

Brian - wishing you a wonderful ride on Sunday!

$50 USD
Karon And Phil Mclaughlin

$50 USD
Liz Goss

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass; it’s about learning to ride in the rain.” Although we hope you don’t have to literally ride in the rain!

$31 USD
Ken & Mary Allscheid

Our prayers go with you. Have a great ride!

$26 USD
Kimberley Nagel

In honor of my friend, Dick Draffone.

$26 USD
Stephanie Rhymes

$25 USD
O'neill Family

Have a great ride, Brian!

$25 USD
Tina Kinman

$21 USD
Susan Budo

$21 USD
David Raskin

I'm so sorry to hear about this and I wish you the best!

$21 USD
Jenna Russell

$21 USD
Rachel Hart Klayman

Sending my support to you and your family

$21 USD
Ricka Jenkins

Hi Brian, I have worked with your sister, Lisa, at CHOP for the last 20-some years! Keeping you and all of your family in my prayers. Ricka

$21 USD
Mcmullens

$21 USD
Lisa Schara

Keep fighting the good fight, Brian!

$21 USD
M Weiland

Just happened to read Mom’s Mail, and your guardian angel guided me to your post. what an amazing story. You certainly have touched many souls and are helping many more. I wish you good health and success in your ride. thank you. m Weiland

$21 USD
Nancy Giangrasse

Enjoy a beautiful ride. Be safe and well.

$20 USD
Sarah Miyata

Hi Brian, thank you for channeling your life's challenge to activism. How empowering!

$20 USD
Crikks

$15 USD
Marissa G

$10 USD
Brian Kitzman

$10 USD

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