No doubt you’ve seen branded T-shirts and mugs sporting the Old Guys Rule moniker? The product line was created to celebrate the accomplishments and potential and to honor lives well spent, but not nearly over. Although I have no affiliation with the company, I appreciate their message and wholeheartedly agree! At the age of 62, some would call me an “Old Guy.” But I believe that age is just a number. What counts is how you feel and what you can achieve. That’s why I am preparing to race the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000. The race will take place from November 14-18, 2017 in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
Old Crazy Guy in Training
I’ve been training hard because my goal isn’t just to solo the race but, in the process, to raise awareness and funds to promote kidney awareness. Kidney health matters to me because I suffered for years before finding out the source of the pain was Chronic Kidney Disease. The answer for me came via doctors at the USC Medical Center, who did a nephrectomy, leaving me with one functioning, healthy kidney.
Tying Kidney Health to Breast Cancer Awareness
So far, I have raised $10,000 towards my $30,000 goal. Please help me by donating because, while other diseases regularly make the news, such as this month’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns, kidney health is often ignored. And this is tragic, since kidney health is the cornerstone of health and vitality. Also, the screening test to measure kidney health is easily administered, since it is just a blood test. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to encourage women to ask their doctors to include a kidney screening test in their annual physicals. Testing kidney health is just as important as doing a mammogram. So, let one test remind you about the other!
Here are a few steps “old” men (and women!) can take to make sure we remain healthy, so we can rule!
- Quit smoking.
- Keep active.
- Eat well.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Stay on your feet. Falls can impact overall health.
- Stay up-to-date on immunizations and other health screenings…including kidney health!
- Take precautions to prevent skin cancer.
- Get regular dental, vision and hearing checkups.
- Manage stress.
- Fan the flame. Sexual health matters, too!
About the Race
The Baja 1000 allows drivers to compete in one of several vehicle classes – from such small and large bore motorcycles, stock Volkswagen, production vehicles, buggies, trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles. The course has remained relatively unchanged over the years, alternating in a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada.
About Dennis Rogers
If you believe in what I am doing – calling attention to the importance of kidney health by competing in a race that most sane people would never attempt, please donate today. Click here to donate to my GoFundMe campaign.
Also, follow my videos learn from my experiences, laugh at me or with me. I will share my knowledge of what in hopes I’ll be able to help others along the way. The best advice I can give is to get to know your kidney health. A simple blood test can reveal how well your kidneys are functioning. So, ask your doctor for a test. It will be time well spent.