by Frank Fumich (from Facebook)
There’s only 12 more Mondays before RAAM (Race Across America) begins. On June 16, I’ll begin a 3,000 mile bike race across the country for Ryan Diviney. Ryan was attacked and beaten to within an inch of his life [by Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May, both from Newark, Delaware] 5-plus years while attending WVU. He survived but lives in a vegetative state and needs 24/7 care by his family.
So to prepare for this race, about 6-plus days a week, I train somewhere between 2-6 hours each day… and it’s only going to increase. It’s tough to juggle that, work, and family… and each night when I stumble up to bed I’m thinking to myself “how in the hell I’m I going to bike 20 hours a days for 12 days straight, when I’m this tired now?”
It’s a scary thought really.
The doubt in my head is like a massive weight on my chest. Honestly with all I have going on now, if it wasn’t for Ryan I probably would have put this race off for a year. But I’ve committed to doing this for Ryan. I’m also trying to practice what I preach when I say “life’s too short to wait.” And if something would happen to Ryan while I put this off, I’d never forgive myself…so NOW is the time.
But when I’m having these doubts, I just remind myself what Ryan’s dad Ken Diviney and their family are going through.
No matter how exhausting, overwhelming, and time-consuming the training is, or how brutal 20+ hours a day on the bike will be during the race, the fact of the matter is that I’m incredibly blessed in life and I CHOOSE to do all this. But Ryan and his family certainly didn’t choose to be in the situation they’re in, or choose to lose their son for all intents and purposes. They didn’t choose for their son to come back from college like this. And I only have to do this for 3 more months.
Sure there will be the “next thing”, but once again it’s because I choose to do it. Ryan’s dad Ken, has a body more sore and worn down than I mine. He’s got to manhandle his fully grown 25-year-old son around ALL day, from one machine to another, clean his mouth and teeth multiple times a day, feed him, change his urine bags, give him a shower each night. Every muscle in his body is sore and exhausted everyday. This stuff isn’t a stupid race to him. He’s not doing it for the challenge or for medal at the end.
He’s doing it out of commitment and LOVE for his son.
And he can’t even look into his son’s eyes, because Ryan’s eye lids are sewn shut. Now that’s love…doing this day after day after day and seeing nothing in return. So when I drag my ass upstairs each night and start to think how the hell am I going to do this, I think about Ryan and his family. And I thank God how lucky I am. We should all be thankful because so many people have it so much worse.
A little housekeeping here… My main FirstGiving fundraising page will be created soon and then we can begin the real fundraising part for Ryan. In the mean time the t-shirt page is still up and folks can start supporting now with a t-shirt buy. We blew past the 100 t-shirt goal yesterday and THANK YOU so much for that!!!! I’ll keep it open another week but close it out before the original closing date so folks can get them, since they don’t send until the campaign is closed. But it would be awesome to hit $2,000 before I close it!! Let’s do it!!!
Here’s the t-shirt link again and please buy and/or share. Thanks so much for the support!!