I'm riding: Big Hitter

Team: Powered by Hope

ID: 2120

Lifetime total: $15,641.45

Start time: 8:00 AM - Wave 2


WHY I RIDE

UPDATED 2019: WHY I RIDE: This is the picture of my mother that we put on the front of her 75th birthday party invitation in 2009. In 2010, before she was 76 years old, she died of lung cancer that was diagnosed 2 months before her death. As a non-smoker this was doubly shocking. I miss her. My moms dad died of colon cancer and my dads mom died as a young woman of stomach cancer. I never met her. My dad had a kidney removed in 2006 for kidney cancer. My father-in-law survived surgery for colon cancer. My sister-in-law: breast cancer. My own successful skin cancer (melanoma) resection in 2005 puts me (who knew that being a sun goddess with reynolds wrap on an album cover and iodine in the baby oil was not such a good idea?) at greater risk of another cancer.
UPDATE: AND SHORTLY AFTER PEDAL 2018 MY 29 YEAR OLD GODSON WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. LYMPHOMA. I AM CRYING AS I WRITE THIS. BECAUSE YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAUSE A 29 YEAR OLD LIFE TO HAVE SURGERY AND 6 MONTHS OF CHEMOTHERAPY. BUT CANCER DOES THAT. THANKFULLY HE HAS NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE AFTER HIS TREATMENT. HE WILL BE FOLLOWED CLOSELY.

But truthfully this is not ONLY what motivates me to ride. On a daily basis, as an oncology nurse, I witness unbelievable strength, courage, despair, compassion, joy, fear, disbelief, anger, hope and so much more.....in the lives of my patients. I am riding for them.

Please help me in this journey to find a cure by donating to my ride.
I hope you will join me with your financial support in this grass-roots effort to advance research and find a cure.

I hope that you will say a prayer for my patients.


MY PTC HISTORY

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