I'm riding: Two Bridges

ID: 133809

Lifetime total: $2,195.00

Start time: 8:30 AM - Wave 1

I am riding In Memory of Teresia O'Brien.

I am riding In Honor of Tom Mulvihill, Melissa Fuoss.


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.

Five years ago, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. Watching him endure what cancer inflicts upon him every day has been both heartbreaking and inspiring. Despite overwhelming exhaustion and unpleasant side effects from treatments, my dad continues to fight each day to be here with his grandchildren and family and the kids he works with at Friends of Kids with Cancer. My dad has always been my hero. He is an educator and was my basketball coach throughout my whole life. He is always able to see the good and potential in the people around him and finds just the right way to bring it out. If you know me well, you don?t have to look far to see that I always wanted to be exactly like him - a teacher and basketball coach!

My sister in law, Teresia O?Brien, passed away eight years ago following a battle with cervical cancer. Her light and love is still felt among her family and friends, but she was taken from this world much too soon.

My dear friend, Melissa Fuoss, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. Following a tremendously challenging fight with cancer, Melissa is living her best life today - cancer free and inspiring all those around her. I greatly admire Melissa for her strength, positive outlook, and impact on her students.
There are so many other stories to be told about cancer and how it has taken away sons and daughters and brothers and parents. My dad deserves a cure, and so do all those who are impacted.

These are just a few reasons I have decided to do Pedal the Cause this year. Its mission is to create a world without cancer by giving 100% of donations to research at Siteman Cancer Center. This is a unique funding model, and it is so awesome to know that all the money goes straight to research! Teresia, Melissa, and my dad all were treated or are currently treated at Siteman. I pray every day for a cure.

I have committed to riding 37 miles (yikes) and raising $750, so I could really use your help! Thank you for joining me in trying to make a world without cancer!!