I think racing is worthwhile because I want to demonstrate that life goes on however you choose to manage kidney disease. Personally, for me, the answer was nephrectomy.
Extreme Sports Rule
I’ve been into extreme sports my entire life, having raced everything from trophy trucks to buggies to motorcycles. Along the way, I’ve been battered, blistered and bruised. But I wouldn’t trade racing for anything else in the world. Like many extreme athletes, I run on adrenaline. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some details about other extreme sports that depend on sheer grit, daring and determination.
Summer X Games
The Summer X Games, which will be hosted this week in Minneapolis. Since Austin, Texas, hosted the past three X Games, it will be fun to see what Minneapolis brings to the table. Aired by ESPN starting on July 13, this year’s events will include skateboarding, BMX riding and motorcycle racing for competitors ages 12 to middle aged. A concrete skateboarding course BMX features a Viking ship, in tribute to the stadium’s home team. Most competitions will be held downtown at U.S. Bank Stadium, although flat track motorcycle racing takes place Thursday outside the Mall of America.
The event will feature more than 200 of the world’s best action sports athletes competing for medals and prize money in BMX, Skateboard and Moto X disciplines. The games will also feature world-class musical performances from A Day to Remember on Friday, Flume and Minneapolis’ own Atmosphere.
Live Streaming Extreme Sports
For those of us who won’t be traveling all the way to Minnesota to watch the events live, I’m psyched that three of this year’s event will be the first ever to be streamed live in virtual reality exclusively to 48 countries on Samsung Gear VR through the Samsung VR app: skateboard vert, BMX street and skateboard street amateurs.
An amateur motocross racer, I plan to Ironman the Baja 1000. Since I am 62 years old, the goal has earned me the nickname, Viejo Loco Chingon (Crazy Old Badass) by friends and fans alike. A survivor of Chronic Kidney Disease, I don’t let the fact I have only one kidney define me. I like to live life to the fullest and want to encourage others to do the same.
Please 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.
I plan to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation by racing solo in the 2017 Baja 1000.
Dennis’ experience battling kidney disease and working with the folks at USC Medical Center, who skillfully helped him through surgery and recovery, impacted him so significantly that he desperately wants to share what he has learned and use his racing acumen to raise awareness about kidney health.
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