I'm riding: PTC Classic

Team: Stifel

ID: 61632

Lifetime total: $6,260.00

I am riding In Honor of Dave Hopper.


UPDATE!!! I'm so excited to announce that I will be joining my family on the actual bike ride this year. I've loved participating in the spinning portion of the event the last 3 years, but I'm excited to be out on the road with Dave, and the family this year. Not sure my body is ready though--- now I have to actually balance and steer the bike!!! I'm sure we'll have all kinds of fun stories to share after the event.

I ride because my life has been rocked by the cancer diagnosis of two people close to me- my brother, Dave Hopper, and my friend, Tara Boland. Both Dave and Tara were diagnosed unexpectedly, with advanced cases, at young ages. Dave is currently giving his cancer the fight of a lifetime while constantly inspiring people. His strong faith, positive outlook, and courage keep us all going while we deal with all the highs and lows of life. Tara fought hard, but lost her battle in April of 2014. Tara was an inspiration to people her entire life, and her memory continues to motivate people every day. She believed in making every day count. She pushed herself to the limit every single day, and now her friends and family are doing their best to carry out this same mission-- in her memory. I have her picture posted on my computer monitor so I can be reminded daily to make the most of every day.

This is my fourth year participating in the event. Each year I'm so overwhelmed by the sense of accomplishment and the overflowing emotions from being part of such an amazing event. I'm blessed to have two of my biggest supporters- Kristen and Julie- spinning along with me. Please consider joining us in this battle against cancer by either riding with us or donating to our rides.

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.