Ryder Evans-Brockett - I wish You'd Have Met Him:)
I wish you'd have met him.
That's usually what I'm thinking when telling the 'Why 33?' story (https://youtu.be/bFpIp3Q884c) Something I've done numerous times over the year. I just wish you could have met him to really know what he was like in all his magnificence. He was an extraordinary young boy that possessed something really special, something you can really ever know if you never met him.
May 12th 2008 was the day my life changed forever, my amazing 4 1/2 son Ryder Evans-Brockett started having seizures. Up until then we was an amazing young boy living an amazing life and on his way to achieving untold wonderful things but that changed forever that day.
After spending what seemed like a lifetime in ICU hooked up to wires, tubes and everything else you can think of we were brought into a room with a very large table with what seemed like the whole hospital sat at it...then the silence...
And then it came.. words that are engraved in my memories for the rest of my life.
Ryder has an inpoerable brain tumour, cancer...
WHAT THE FUCK is all that came next...
While trying to listen to what they were saying and explaining and at the same time trying to comprehend everything all that kept coming out of my mouth was..
WHAT THE FUCK...
And a part of me died that day, then anoth part the day he passed away October 8th 2009.
It's been 9 years since his passing. I understand what I've been doing for 9 years, and I've finally allowed myself to understand that Ryders disease wasn't my fault, Ryders death wasn't my fault, this incessant disease wasn't caused by me. I get it now and I know with every fibre of my soul, Ryder would want me to live for ME, not suffer for him.
So whay do I ride?
That's a big question with a lengthy answer but to sum it up shortly I ride because I can.
I can't be in the labs discovering new treatments or cures but I can ride a bike and ask people to support me doing so.
I ride becuase I owe it to myself to do something and if by doing something like this prevents just one family to not have to go through what I went through then as a human on this planet that is my duty.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, I can't thank you enough.
2018 is going to be a hell of a year. For me personally an awakening has happened that has renewed my passion for this amazing weekend experience, I'm frikin fired up and more excited than I've ever been. I have to tell you, this event was starting to grind me down, but now... watch out, you think you've seen me in action before.. you haven't seen anything yet.
In Ryders name I say "We Can & We Will"
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