I'm riding: PTC Classic

Team: Bill Box's Blue, Red and Grey

ID: 117659

Lifetime total: $15,340.00

Start time: 8:30 AM - Wave 1

I am riding In Memory of Diane Book.


Last year was my first Pedal the Cause since we lost my beautiful wife and best friend Diane to cancer a year and a half ago. The outpouring of love and support to myself and my family continues to be overwhelming, as we attempt the transition from such a deep felt and tragic loss, to fond memories of her magnetic smile and contagious laughter. Of course we miss her dearly, continue to remember her for her courage, for her continuing love in the face of incredible adversity, and for her overpowering gift of bringing joy to others.

Pedal the Cause was a bit of an awakening for me. Not that there aren't many great causes that wonderfully raise money, and as importantly awareness, of this and other horrific diseases. We all are requested regularly to consider many of them. But to ride amongst compassionate friends who also honored Diane, amongst caregivers, amongst those afflicted and under treatment who showed courage beyond belief, and to be supported through donations by family and friends across North America that exceeded my wildest expectations, left me breathless, humble. More powerfully than usual, I felt her with me that day, and experienced a sense of community that I felt was truly committed to her and my family, and to all the families touched by this monster called cancer.

With that in mind I'll once again be walking, or in this case riding, a bit further in Diane's footsteps. I am honored to rejoin a team of old and new friends, Bill Box's Blue, Red and Grey who regularly participate in this great event, providing critical funding to cancer research at the world renowned Siteman Cancer Center here in St. Louis, ultimately leading to a cure for cancer. As I mentioned previously, Diane was a patient there through her broad care model at BJC Healthcare.

Cancer is such an important cause at any time, as are so many others. But this one touched my family.

I am proud to join Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. Pedal the Cause is more than the region's top cycling event. It's a way of life, a celebration, and a movement fueled by the courage to end cancer.

It takes world-class research to create a world without cancer. Please help me in this journey by donating to my ride, and give with confidence knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.