I just got off the phone with Fernando Cuevas, who is one of the nicest guys in cycling today. He comes from a long-line of passionate bike racers and devoted coaches and his family is known for their exquisitely-made Cuevas custom frames. For those who don't know him, a comprehensive interview with Fern can be found here on nyvelocity.com.
Fern is sick right now. He has multiple myeloma, and it's shutting down his kidneys so he's on dialysis. He is considering a peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. I know that Fern and his family have had a tough year, with the loss of parents and grandparents and all the trauma that brings, especially in a tight Latino clan like his. This illness is as ill-timed as any could be. But Fern is tough - he's a fighter and he's got too much left to give back to the world to be taken from us now. Still, he needs your support, your positive energy. If you're religious, pray for him. If you're not, send him that positive energy, for the world will be a worse place without him. Anyone needing Fern's contact information should leave a comment here or contact me via email.
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