Some news of the not so awesome variety. To cut a long story short, since getting back home from Whistler I suffered a couple of seizures, and woke up from one last Thursday morning to paramedics taking me off to hospital, where tests and scans were done to discover I have a tumor growing in my brain. So for now more scans and doctors appointments and scans over the next week leading to surgery within the next approximately 10 days. The plan at the moment is to then start chemotherapy. Not sure what else to say for now, it’s all hit so fast....needless to say I won’t be at the last 2 EWS rounds this year as this new battle begins.
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Get well soon, Jared! The mountain biking world is pulling for you to beat this!
He’s represented Australia at the Olympics, he’s an Enduro World Series Champion, taken podiums at Downhill World Cups and apart from being a top bloke, Gravesy is widely regarded as the best four-cross racer of all time taking the World Cup title three times.
Now Jared Graves faces his biggest challenge yet. September 5, 2018 – Jared’s Enduro World Series Year was over.
Back home in Toowoomba, Australia, Jared collapsed, waking up to Paramedics by his side. This is what Jared said in his own words: “In Whistler I suffered a seizure, and woke up from one last Thursday morning to paramedics taking me off to hospital, where tests and scans were done to discover I have a tumor growing in my brain.” This is a ride that Jared Graves and his wife Jess never expected.
And Tuesday, September 18 – is at the starting line of a new challenge, as Jared will undergo life-changing surgery.
You might be wondering why we have launched #StrengthForJared? Being a Pro Athlete – while you can be insured for crashing on track – there’s no income protection when something like this arises.
These are the cold, hard facts Jared’s facing:
o The location of the tumor is positioned closely to a vital area of the brain which has the potential to paralyze the left side of his body.
o Craniotomy surgery to remove the Tumor - Jared will be awake for part of the surgery as the Neurosurgeon attempts to remove most of the tumor and perform motor function tests.
o Only then can his medical team work out the best course of action. It could mean physiotherapy and up to seven months of chemotherapy – starting with specialized radiation treatment five days a week in Brisbane – around an hour and a half from family and friends in Toowoomba (Jared is temporarily unable to drive a car due to his recent history of seizures).
And the real kicker – the reality of no income as the EWS 2018-year finishes for an athlete whose sole career has been based on racing bikes professionally since he left high school.
Jared’s ongoing care is not just about the “now”, it about what’s ahead for both Jared and Jess. When faced with the fact that across all Australian Brain Cancers, the survival rate after five years is only 22% - the reality hits home hard.
This is all unfolding as Jared’s Pro Riding career finishes mid-season. With #StrengthForJared – we know Jared has got this!
And all going to plan with Jared back to full health, Jared and Jess will donate to the Charlie Teo Foundation to help support their ongoing research into Brain Cancer.
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Some legends at home have set up a go fund me page. The coming days/weeks/months have a lot of uncertainties. If you feel like you want to help out that would be awesome. It’s still a bit early to know exactly what we will need, but any single cent more than what is needed will be donated back to brain cancer research. www.gofundme.com/strength-for-Jared . Link in my Bio
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Results in from yesterday’s MRI. Officially cancer free! Now it’s just fully getting over the side effects of chemo which linger a little bit. But Energy levels get better every day. So glad to be past this chapter in my life. It truly puts things in perspective and makes the little things that sometimes stress you out seem so insignificant. Thanks so much for all the amazing support I’ve had from every one of you all. And especially all my awesome sponsors that have stuck with me through the last 10 months. Got a couple new bikes in the process of being built to start getting back to full fitness, which I’ll be able to show off real soon @iamspecialized_mtb @monsterenergy @htcomponents @rynopower @oakleyaus_nz @zelvyindustries @renthal_cycling @magura_official
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