Pedal the Cause

Kids Challenge sponsored by Ameren

I'm riding:

Team: Road Rascals

ID: 121549

Lifetime total: $640.00

I am riding In Memory of Rhonda Crane.


Not too long ago, someone very important to me passed away. Her name was Rhonda Crane. I often referred to her as Ghronda due simply to the fact that she was like a grandma to me. Over the past twelve years, she has impacted me so much. To this day, it is impossible to forget how she touched my heart, how she never failed to fill my life with the utmost light. Only three years ago she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I can still remember that fateful day. The day in which my mother sat me down on the couch. The moment in which I first found out the news. That day was filled dread, unspeakable sorrow. Fast forward two years and all hope returns. I can't begin to explain the joy I felt when I heard the announcement. The announcement that changed everything. Rhonda had defeated cancer. I could once again open my arms to a warm, soothing hug from her. I could once again dive deep into her encouraging words. Sadly, not everything has a happy ending. Just months after she had been cleared, the cancer returned. It was the biggest shock to ever hit my family. We all cried that night, begging for the news to be everything but reality. Rhonda was a fighter. Before she died she wanted to achieve one last dream. She wanted to go on a trip. A trip with me. Throughout that week, I cherished every moment with her. On the fourth of July we sat together on the balcony of our condo and watched the fireworks fill the sky with color. The last night that I was with her, my life felt as though it was coming to an end. I couldn't help but wonder if this was going to be the last time I ever saw her. Sobbing, I gave her one last hug. It seemed to last for an eternity. As my departure time came, she whispered one last thing in my ear. These would be the last words that I would ever hear her speak. She whispered, "I love you." I broke down. The only words that I could manage to say back were, "I love you more Ghronda."

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.