Pedal of Mettle: Rep's Son's Tribute to Father Rides On
Reprint from Pfizer World June 15, 2012
Ruel Alexander Bobet had one goal when he tried out for the LIVESTRONG Texas 4000, a grueling charity bike ride in which University of Texas students pedal more than 4,500 miles from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska. He wanted to show support for his father, Ruel Bobet Sr., a Master Level Professional Healthcare Representative in the Primary Care Business Unit who is battling colon cancer.
In a cruel twist of fate, it’s Ruel Bobet Sr., who is using the ride’s inspirational mission to honor his son’s memory. Ruel Alexander died this past February at the age of 21, just 10 months after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in the stomach. He received the diagnosis shortly after learning he had been accepted on the Texas 4000 2012 team.
“I’m so proud of the lengths my son was willing to go to help cancer patients,” says Bobet Sr. “And he was very proud of the support that Pfizer is lending to the ride.” Pfizer Oncology is a sponsor of this year’s Texas 4000, which is the world’s longest annual charity ride.
Texas 4000 Program Director Lance Pyburn said Ruel Alexander’s passion for the fight against cancer is inspiring this year’s riders. “Ruel was a model Texas 4000 Rider in all aspects,” he said. “Each member of his team will be carrying Ruel in their hearts to Alaska.”
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