Lloyd Eisler is many things, an Olympic ice skating medalist, a father to his sons, husband to his wife actress Kristy Swanson, an avid motorcyclist, a philanthropist, and, consequently, someone who knows the pain of losing a loved one to mesothelioma.
Lloyd started riding in The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride two years ago. His father, a member of the Canadian Navy for over twenty years and who he describes as his biggest supporter and a great influence on his life died of mesothelioma in 2011. Lloyd rides to not only honor his father but raise awareness for mesothelioma.
Q. How would you describe your father? How did he influence you? What was the greatest thing he taught you?
A. My Father was a very strong silent man whom everybody loved. He was incredibly gentle. He gave me strength to do anything and to never give up. He taught me to always believe in my dreams. He was my biggest supporter
Q. What did you enjoy doing with him?
A. He and I did lots of “garage stuff” together. He could fix anything
Q.Describe your personal connection with mesothelioma and how it affected your family?
A. It was very short as my Father was diagnosed in November and died in January. Although the Doctors were not sure why he was in no pain (ne never complained) as it was all though his body when he went in the Hospital
Q. How was your father exposed to asbestos?
A.He was in the Navy and was a Gunner on the Naval Ships.
Q. When was he diagnosed and how was he treated?
A. Diagnosed in November on a routine check cuz he was a little sore in his back. It was stage 4 so there was nothing but to wait. My Father wanted NO treatment
Q. What is one word you would use to describe your father’s mesothelioma journey?
A. It was short which was so incredibly hard on us but wonderful for him.
Q. Had you ever heard what mesothelioma was before your Dad was diagnosed?
Q. When did you start riding motorcycles?
A. I was 14 when I first rode a motorcycle.
Q. Did your Dad ride motorcycles?
A. He did but not to the point that I do now.
Q. What do you love about motorcycle riding?
A. It is my safe haven to remove myself from the chaos of the world we live in today that is so full of hate and anger.
Q. What bike do you ride?
A. I have a HD Switchback (FLHD).
Q. This will be your third year riding “The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride, what does the ride represent to you?
A. It is a way to give back to the cause most importantly but to meet new people, see old faces and simply enjoy riding my motorcycle.
Q. How do you think people can help to raise awareness for mesothelioma?
A. I think people need to go for more regular checks ups and be aware that it can affect all of us.
Q. What is something that you would say to children who have a parent diagnosed with mesothelioma?
A. Be strong but more importantly be supportive and respect their wishes, it is not about you but about them