Derek Frank

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Derek Frank – Raleigh, NC

I consider myself a true renaissance man, excelling in both academics and sports throughout elementary and high school, moving onto an excelsior NCSU career, and moving into cycling in my 20s. I’ve been accused of being an overachiever. The Renaissance aspect involves various pursuits: arts and crafts, renovating my home, gardening to grow as much of my own food as possible, playing everything percussive in the myriad of bands and groups I’ve been involved with since age 6, being a top fundraiser for the MS movement for several associated groups, maintaining my status as a pillar of my local Raleigh NC community, and the list goes on. Little did I know the surprise I would receive at the age of 37, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Or Esclero Multiplé, as I quickly learned it was called in Spanish. Did I mention I’m bilingual!? I prefer the way it sounds in Spanish; not as grating on the ear. More to come, but we can jump those hurdles as they come.

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