November 06, 2014 – Have you entered Pedal’s #GreatBikeMoment contest? Danny Brunet’s touching story is our pick of the week. Tell us a bike moment that inspired or changed you to win great prizes enter here.
The moment that changed me was when I could no longer use my bike. At the age of 27, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. During those hard months, my brain felt like mush and I just couldn’t wait to ride. After my last treatment, I received the best birthday gift from my family and friends, a new mountain bike. I was eager to hit the trails.
A summer season passed by and one day after a hard effort on the trainer I felt light headed, had blurry vision and my feet were numb. The numbness spread to my lower abdomen and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The reality is, I don’t know what my future holds and this disease could leave me in a wheel chair.
My number one goal is to stay healthy for myself, my wife and our son. I have challenged myself and have made my diet and exercise a main priority. I continue to race many endurance races with my toughest challenge being the 24 Hour of Summer Solstice race where I completed nearly 300km as a solo racer. I will continue the fight to stay healthy and will continue to ride on.