Let me share with you who R.M.3 is : Robert Gordon McNaughton, III (RM3) was my first friend in college and became my best friend in life. Insightful, adventurous and loyal to a fault. We were skydiving, camping, four wheeling, canoeing, scuba diving, and drinking buddies. We NEVER worked out, ran or cycled together; it was not our thing.
Robb was the best man in my wedding. He was the one person on the planet I could tell anything to and never feel judged. He was always the first person I called for advice.
Robb was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma about 3 years ago at the age of 45.
He went through the full gambit of treatment and for a short period we thought it was in remission. In October of 2016, he called me and said
"the cancer is back."
He informed me that he was going back in for treatment. That treatment was very tough. But Robb wasn't focused on himself. He was focused on me and the fact that I was super unhealthy and I was ignoring medical advice. He insisted that I take better care of myself so that I could be there for my family. On November 10th I took some steps to get myself back together. Diet plan and exercise was at the forefront.
Fast forward a few months and Robb was not getting better even with the aggressive chemo and radiation treatments. His Doctors were trying to get him into a experimental trial in Omaha Nebraska which is funded by the LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). He did eventually get into that trial and it appeared to work for a very short while. But Robb passed away this summer and this ride is in his memory.