By June of 2003, Paul was cancer-free

In 2002, Paul Lemieux was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, the same kind of cancer Lance Armstrong beat. Paul’s tumor however had developed in his brain. Paul had surgery at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in November of 2002, and then underwent chemotherapy over 4 months, followed by five weeks of radiation. By June of 2003, Paul was cancer-free and he remains so today.

Despite recently recovering from the radiation side effects (radiation somnolence syndrome) and without much training, Paul was determined to ride in the 2003 Courage Classic in July. As the hair he lost grew back, Paul rode the entire 162–mile route with no assistance…no tandem bike or use of sag wagon rides! Paul has done the Courage Classic every year since, except for one. Paul missed the Courage Classic in 2007 because he was a volunteer with the Amigos de las Americas project in Nicaragua for six weeks in the summer.

He is a strong supporter of Children’s Colorado, speaking to other children with similar diagnoses. He is a talented young man.