Dungey, the reigning AMA motocross and supercross champion, made history last year as the first rookie to sweep the AMA Motocross, AMA Supercross, and Motocross of Nations (2010 and 2009) titles. Speed voted him Rookie of the Year and Racer X Illustrated magazine crowned him Rider of the Year, and giving him the nod as, basically, the fastest rider in the world.
Less well-known is that Dungey is driven to excel beyond the race track by the memory of his grandmother and her four-year fight against liver cancer. “I was really close to my grandmother growing up,” Dungey says. “They found the tumor, she beat it, and then I guess—gosh, maybe 10 years later—she got it again. I remember walking into my grandma and grandpa’s house—and she was sitting on the floor against a wall, crying. I was like, ‘Nanna what’s wrong?’ I was still young—probably 12 years old—and I didn’t know anything about cancer.” He certainly does now.
Apart from reaching victory podiums in motocross events all across the country, Dungey rode (no engine, no motorcycle) at LIVESTRONG’s 2010 Challenge event in Texas last summer. He also talked with survivors in Austin, rode with Lance and other Team RadioShack pros, and came away from that experience believing his life mission might just be starting. He’s found advocacy, and here, it appears, he’s just begun to gun it.
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“His description of the impact of losing...vision in his
cancerous eye was profound and has
changed the way I and some other physicians look at it,”
says his oncologist, David Abramson, M.D.
“I am an observer and a reflector by nature,” Sacks tells LIVESTRONG Quarterly. “And although I’m very sorry I have this thing, since I do have it I want to observe it and to some extent place myself outside of it and...potentially...share information and feelings. Although every tumor (and person) is different, there are some things we have in common. ”
In Sacks’s latest popular book, The Mind’s Eye, he writes about several patients with neurological disorders that have stolen some crucial component of their senses: a concert pianist who can no longer read music; a novelist who has lost his ability to read. Sacks had not intended to be one of them, but cancer changed that. On December 17, 2005, he experienced an alarming disturbance in his visual field that sent him running out of a movie matinee and into the office of an ophthalmologist.
“Quite suddenly the doctor spoke to me as one would speak to any patient,” he says now. “My doctorhood no longer mattered at that point.” The eventual diagnosis: ocular melanoma, of which fewer than 1,500 cases per year are diagnosed annually in the U.S.
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