New Bern man beats cancer and rides to tell about it

Team Keebs makes debut at LIVESTRONG Austin Challenge

POSTED: 5:39 PM Oct 30 2012
CRAVEN COUNTY -

Brad Kimrey works at Sportsman's Toy Store, but one year ago, he didn't know if he would be here.

"I woke up one morning and ten hours later, I found out I had cancer.  The next day, we found out it had spread," said Brad.

The former New Bern High School baseball player was diagnosed with Stage 2 testicular cancer. Four months after the diagnosis, Brad and his family signed for Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Cycling Challenge in Austin, TX.  Then, they formed Team Keebs, after Brad's childhood nickname.

"When you get a cancer diagnosis, you know the family pulls together one way or the other," said Randy Kimrey, Brad's dad.

More than 4,300 people participated in the LIVESTRONG Austin Challenge.  Before the event, Brad and his dad never rode together because his dad never owned a bicycle.

"I bought a bicycle in February and start practicing for the event," said Randy.

When the race ended, Brad received a yellow rose recognizing him as a cancer survivor.  The 23-year-old is now six months cancer free.

"You definitely learn to appreciate all the small things, and don't take much for granted," said Brad.