November 24, 2014: Adolpho Bernal is a 16 year old dirt bike rider who has beat brain cancer in the past. Recently another cancerous tumor was discovered near his sinus area and he was on Chemo until last Wednesday, when it was discovered that the chemo wasn’t working. The cancer has spread into his brain again so he has begun a new treatment in hopes that it will work. The children’s charity, Adonai, contacted me and told me that Adolpho’s wish was to take his family to a dirt bike race as they all love off road riding. I immediately responded and let them know I would make Adolpho’s wish come true. I contacted Dave at Klim who responded with a full set of Klim’s newest XC riding gear. I then got in touch with Laurette Nicol, Endurocross announcer, who provided awesome tickets for Adolpho and his family. I then let the Endurocross professional riders know that I would be bringing Adolpho around the pits for autographs when he arrived. For the final touch, I ordered “Bernal” and brought my iron to the races so that I could get his name put on the gear before he arrived.
When Adolpho arrived, he had just began his new cancer treatment that morning and was very tired so I put him in my car to drive him around the pits. Every rider took time away from prepping for their race to meet Adolpho, sign posters and offer gear.
I can’t even begin to tell you how excited and awestruck Adolpho was. He continued to tell me that this was one of the best things that has ever happened in his life and he was so thankful to everyone. His family kept commenting on how nice all of the riders were and how they all really touched their family.
When Adopho asked me why I did this, I told him that it was all part of my plan to give him the inspiration and strength to train at RingoXross and get him on the track in Ontario next year. I sincerely thank every one for simply being an outstanding Endurocross family to each and every one you meet. You men and women make our sport the finest in the world and I’m proud to know you all.
EnduroXcoach and Adolpho
Adolpho on in the Factory KTM pits
With 0ff road Legend Destry Abbott
Five time AMA Endurocross champion Taddy Blasuziak
Motocross Legend Mike Brown
After the race, Max gave me his helmet to give to Adolpho