When Manny Perez rides his bike and breathes in the fresh morning air, he feels free, and does not think about anything—not even the bone cancer he has battled with fierce determination and overcome, time and time again, since childhood.
“Pedaling for 25 miles almost every day makes me feel better; it relaxes me,” says Manny, who is 23.
His mother, Sandy Perez, says the bicycle is the best way to measure how her son feels. “When he is not on the bike it is because he is very tired, and not feeling well. When he does ride it, I’m pleased.”
Manny’s 13-Year Battle
The young man has fought bone cancer for 13 years—he was 10-years-od when it was first detected. He recovered, but it returned twice thereafter. The terrible sarcoma showed up again just last December.
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