Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Big Hitter

Saturday Start time:

Sunday Start time: 8:00 am - Wave 1

Team: Powered by Hope

ID: 2120

Lifetime total: $23,310.30


I am riding In Memory of Marilyn Wessling.

WHY I RIDE

UPDATED 2021: My sister-in-law Michelle remains NED. This acronym is all too familiar to people who have had a cancer diagnosis and it stands for No Evidence of Disease. Their breath is held before each CT or MRI waiting to hear "am I NED or does my life get upended, or potentially ended, again?" No way to live. CANCER SUCKS and we need to end this sooner rather than later. The end will come with research.

UPDATED 2020: 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 2019: 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.

UPDATE 2020: AND SHORTLY AFTER PEDAL 2019 MY BROTHER'S WIFE MICHELLE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER. (OK, I AM CRYING AGAIN) SHE HAD SURGERY AND 6 MONTHS OF CHEMOTHERAPY - SHE FINISHED LAST MONTH. IT WAS ROUGH. SHE WAS BRAVE. WE ARE HOPING AND PRAYING THAT SHE IS CURED.

But truthfully this is not ONLY what motivates me to ride. On a daily basis, as an oncology nurse at Siteman Cancer Center, 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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