Clyde (Carlos) Corales is the father of three children, Michael, Christopher and Cristina. This is his story:
"I am 45 yrs old, and my life has a new purpose. As a child I rode my bicycle for fun. Now I cycle for a greater purpose. I was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells on October 1, 2004. I'm back on my feet after radiation therapy and several months on medication, Thalidomide and Dexamethasone, and have had three surgeries to remove my plasmacytoma. It's been a nightmare with constant tests to determine when I will need treatment. My condition is stable, with no need for further treatment at this time. I consider myself lucky; however my so-called indolent disease shows a small reading of M protein and amyloid deposits. This only means that my chances of getting multiple myeloma in the future are greater. My life has changed and I ride today to help find a cure.
I rode over 2,500 miles in 2006. It was done in several rides across Texas and some out of state. In 2007 I want to take a different approach. I'm riding to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation, whose motto is 'Until there is a cure, there is the IMF.' I say, 'until there is a cure I ride for the IMF.' To get to the recent Houston Patient & Family Seminar, I rode 187 miles to Houston. I was nervous because of the weather forecast for rain and winds, but I did it.
Clyde entering the Houston Patient & Family Seminar
Thursday morning I packed my gear and left Austin in the rain at 7:35 am going toward Bastrop, Texas. I was riding solo and for the first 34 miles the rain was my only companion. Once in Bastrop I took the path through the State Park, 13 miles up and down a road surrounded with pines trees. After the park I took FM153 towards La Grange, Texas. It was no longer raining, and I was in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Texas. Red poppy flowers, bluebonnets and all sort of flowers were blooming on the side of the road and in fields across the countryside. Cows, donkeys, horses and some other farm animals kept me company. All I kept in my mind was to reach Bellville, Texas riding now through FM 159. I finally did so at 8:15 pm and took rest for the night. Yes, I rode in the dark with my bicycle lights and reflectors on., with only one flat tire, and had cycled 121 miles in one day. The next day I departed at 6:30 am towards Houston traveling now on FM 529, another 66 miles ahead to reach my goal. I entered downtown Houston at 12:50 pm. My heart was pumping as I saw the skyline. It was then that I thought about the day we will all see the cure to our disease with such an excitement. I had done 187 miles - wow - cycling for the cure one mile at a time.
I'm committed to helping the IMF: this was just the start of my fundraising efforts; I will be riding again soon. My next long ride will be on April 21st from Houston to Austin, this time 150 miles. In between there will be other rides to keep in shape. To join me in the ride, or if you know anyone who would like to do so please contact me through Suzanne Battaglia at SBattaglia@myeloma.org. My rides are not always that long. The April 27th ride its going to be the Red Poppy Ride in George Town, Texas; I will be training my 12 year old daughter, so 20 miles is the goal. My dream is simple - to gather a team of cyclists who will ride to spread the message of hope, to raise funds for this great foundation, and to show that there is life with myeloma. This is just the first stop on what I hope will be a continuing journey. Thank you in advance for your support."
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