Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Metric Century

Saturday Start time:

Sunday Start time: 7:30 am

Team: Biking Vikings

ID: 95875

Lifetime total: $1,840.00

I am riding In Memory of John Farrara.

I am riding In Honor of Anita Schnapp.


Cancer has been a distant thought through most of my life. Then, about 4 years ago, John Ferrara, a great guy and friend, was diagnosed with Merkel Cell carcinoma. He lost his fight, leaving behind his wife and 2 teenaged children. That struck home. A year ago, another friend, Joanna Haydon, beat colon cancer. And since then, cancer has struck even closer. My mother just finished radiation therapy for her breast cancer. Less than a month after my mom was finished with treatment, my wife, Anita, was diagnosed with a very early stage breast cancer. She will undergo surgery on August 4. Thankfully for us, the surgery should be all she needs. We will always know that this could have been so much worse. If she didn't have ready access to a mammogram, or if she hadn't gone, we would be facing a different situation.
And so I am riding in memory of John, and to honor Joanna, my mother, and Anita.