Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Big Hitter

Team: Powered by Hope

ID: 2554

Lifetime total: $17,030.00


I am riding In Memory of MaryEllen Waldmann.

I am riding In Honor of Jennifer Juengel.

WHY I RIDE

I am joining the fight against cancer by participating in Pedal the Cause bike challenge on September 25th and will ride 50 miles.

I haven't ridden or raised money for Pedal the Cause since I had my daughter Taylor in 2017. I have been a bit sidetracked with 2 toddlers under 6 years old! However, I'm ready to "saddle up" again...this organization is near and dear to my heart, because 100% of the money that I raise will go to the Siteman Cancer Center right here in St. Louis, MO.

I lost my mother 5 years ago to bile duct cancer, and that was 20 years after she fought and beat stage 3 colorectal cancer. I am very familiar with the challenges of being a caretaker to a loved one fighting this horrific disease.

Why did I decide to get back on my bike for Pedal the Cause this year? It is because of a very dear friend of mine, Jenny, who has been battling breast cancer for the past 5 years. A few months ago she called and told me the devastating news that it had metastized to her bone (rib, spine) and is now Stage 4 cancer. She is in her early 40's and hasn't had the opportunity to have a child yet. She has finally met an incredible partner in life to do these things with, and now she's fighting to stay alive! She hopes that there will continue to be new advances made so that if/when her current medicines cease to be effective, there will be another option. She has been getting her surgeries and treatments through Siteman for the past 5 years.

It is my desire to ride in honor of her battle and raise $500 to donate to Siteman. Cancer has impacted all of us in one way or another. Please help me in this journey to find a cure by donating to my ride. Any size donation is greatly appreciated and will get me closer to my goal.


Thank you very much for your consideration.

Love,

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