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2014 Update


We’ve cut and pasted this from a January update on the Team Taggart Facebook page

As you all know last Friday Bobby had a port put in and started round two of his battle with Osteosarcoma.

He received chemo for five days last Friday though Tuesday and was able to come home Tuesday night. He was feeling pretty bad Wednesday and Thursday. However, today he feels pretty good.

We were at CHOP at 8:30am this morning for his weekly doctor visits and all went well. They are expecting his blood counts to take a nose dive early next week so feeling well will most likely be short.

We went over to U of Penn to meet and set up a plan with his Radiation Oncology Team. Good news/bad news: the good news is that they feel that with the combo of radiation and chemotherapy they should be able to kick the crap out of the Osteo pretty well if everything goes right. The bad news is that it is a lot of treatments, we have to go back Tuesday morning to get Bobby set up and scanned and tattooed so they can hit the same spot every treatment. Then on Thursday he will start three weeks of treatment. Yes that means he will have to go to U of Penn every day for three weeks plus still getting his chemo across the street at CHOP.

We are going to log on some serious commuting time and hopefully I will get to get some work in. But it is all worth it and Bobby is ready to fight this battle. The support that he (we) get from his (our) friends family and especially the GA community has been overwhelming this past week. The texts, cards, posters, donations, meals, visits and flowers have really touched us and I cannot put into words how much it means to our family. I cannot thank everyone enough. Stay Strong Team Taggart we need ya. We are just getting started. WE ARE TEAM TAGGART!!!!!

John Taggart Sr.

You can follow Bobby’s progress on the Team Taggart Facebook page. If you’d like to help, there’s an upcoming fundraising event (click on poster below).

If you want to help but don’t live in the area, you’re welcome to send a check to:

Biking for Bobby/Team Taggart

c/o Rich Shellhas, Head of Upper School

Germantown Academy

340 Morris Road

Fort Washington, PA 19034

Team Taggart


My Crew


Every adventure has a team behind it and this trip is no different. Along with the 250something people who are riding along, there are two people in particular that I will be riding with.  Maybe you should meet them.

Name: Paul

Occupation: school

Relation: Brother


Description:  Paul is the typical younger brother.  For better or for worse, always following me around, including on the trip (he went for the first time two years ago).  While he can sometimes be annoying he’s always there when I need him and probably one of the better younger brothers around.


Name: David Smith (Boppa)

Occupation:  Beekeeping and genealogy

Loves: biking, bees, family history, and geocaching

Description:  A tough as nails former Naval submarine Commander who now lives the nice life of beekeeping and tracking down family history. He was the one who introduced me to this trip in the summer before third grade and I’ve joined him ever since.  This year he decided we will slow the pace a little so we can do all the historical geocaches along our route.  For those that don’t know, geocaching is basically a world-wide scavenger hunt where one creates a “cache”, essentially any container that can be hidden from non-geocachers or “Muggles” and can hold a log so people who have been there can sign it and log it online.

While we have done this route before (my first time on the trip), that was before any of us knew about geocaching.  Paul, my Mom and I had found it a while back and sluggishly made our way through caches.  Near when we were about to get our hundredth cache, we went down to visit our Grandparents (also known as Nunu and Boppa) while they were in Florida for the holidays.  Boppa caught us looking for one once and was immediately hooked. As soon as we left he went and got his own GPS unit and had quickly collected 100 caches in a third of the time it had taken us. Right now we are at about 220.  He’s around 540.