Local man returns home after statewide journey for rare cancer

RAPID CITY, S.D. – One man, one bike, one mission: The mantra for the local man behind “Ridin‘ on with Cancer.”

Patrick Shannon hopped on his motorcycle back in April, to travel the country and meet others, fighting the same fight. On Thursday he returned from his 11,000-mile journey.

Its been 12-years since Shannon diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). Unlike most cancers, it cannot be treated with chemotherapy because it is slow growing. Radiation and surgery are the only options. He has been through 4 major surgeries and 40 radiation treatments.

Although he was dealt a difficult hand he refused to let it get the best of him. He decided that he would contact other people with rare cancer and meet them coast-to-coast.

“To reach out to other people with acc and meet them and hear their story and encourage them to get up off the couch and if the only thing you can do physically is pick up a pencil then you need to write your story,” said Shannon.

He spent 60 days riding his motorcycle to 37 states to meet these people, going through rough terrain, harsh weather, and clear skies. He journaled, took pictures, and made friends along the way. He plans to write a book about his experience.

“The main thing that I got is there are a lot of good people in this country from every state and the beauty of this nation keeps going on and on and on I didn’t even scratch the surface on this 11,000 miles in 60 days that I did there are beautiful places in this country and there are beautiful people in this country.”

Patrick’s cancer has spread to several organs and other areas of his body but he keeps a positive spirit and holds on to hope.

“First thing I do every morning I pray and thank the Lord that I am living one more day on this earth,” he said.

He plans to ride for as long as he is physically able.

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