Questo è un articolo che scriviamo con un forte senso di frustrazione e dolore, uno dei grandi pilastri del kitesurf mondiale, il re dei megaloop, Ruben Lenten, ha recentemente scoperto durante un viaggio in america di avere il cancro. I più grandi big del kite e tutte le riviste del settore si stanno muovendo per aiutare Ruben a sostenere le spese per le cure necessarie.
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I actually still can’t believe it myself. I have cancer.
I can’t tell you what it feels like to say that…
The past week I didn’t feel well. I had a really strange pain on the chest and in my throat. So I went to the St Louise hospital in Gilroy on Saturday the 22nd of August to get things checked out. After doing an X-ray they saw an inflammation in my chest and wanted to follow up with a CT scan. 20 minutes later our world got turned upside down.
‘Sir we’ve got some bad news. You’ve got a mass of about 9x9cm by the heart. You need to see an oncologist as soon as possible since it’s in a very sensitive area.’
After the first shock we immediately contacted my friends and I was on my way to Stanford Hospital, where they have some of the best doctors in the world to treat this disease. They did a PET scan yesterday and by the looks of it, the mass didn’t spread anywhere else in my body, so that’s some really good news! It’s a type of lymphoma and that’s a very treatable and curable type of cancer. Today they will do a biopsy to see what kind of cancer we’re dealing with. As always I feel super positive and am 100% sure I’m going to get through this thing! It’s just a little bump in the road and I will be back on the water before you know it, stronger than ever before! It’s a big rollercoaster ride and I’m ready for it!
We want you to know that we really appreciate all the nice messages, love and support!
That’s why we’re going to need your help for the unknown adventure ahead. Great doctors here in the U.S.A. but unfortunately hospital and treatment cost can get up to a million easily. My insurance will hopefully cover the treatment I will have to get but besides that a lot more things come my way that will be very expensive.
My lovely friends of the MaiTai community kicked of a fundraiser and I feel very weird about it but am very aware I will need you at this moment in time in order to get back to where I want to be. If you feel like you can support in any way, please help a brother out.
Here is a link to the page and please know that your support will go a long way: www.youcaring.com/rubenlenten
MASSIVE shout out and EVEN BIGGER HUGS to everyone involved, thanks for caring and helping so much in these difficult times. Much much love! XX