Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Ted Jones Katy Classic and Big Hitter

Team: World Wide Technology

ID: 96600

Lifetime total: $11,907.85


I am riding In Memory of Gary Schell.

I am riding In Honor of Anna Hurlbert.

WHY I RIDE

Family and Friends,

The Pedal The Cause bicycle ride is back and I'm proud to say that I've joined the WWT team again. This will be my 5th year riding and probably the most impactful ride. My father-n-law passed away in April after a nearly 11-month battle to Glioblastoma (brain cancer). The C word has hit Anna's family hard over the past 15 years. Losing Aunt Jean, then Anna being diagnosed, then Aunt Dina, then her mom, then her cousin Erinn and now losing her dad. As in years past I will be riding in honor of these strong women and in memory of Jean and Gary, as well as my uncle Joe Owens, a WWT co-worker (mentor and friend), Mark Frederickson and a good friend from college, Stephanie. Anna will be joining me (and team WWT) this year. We plan to ride a 30-mile course on Saturday and then I'll ride another 50-mile course on Sunday. You can contribute to either of our pages (or both).

As most of you know, Anna was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in her right breast in July 2015 and a few weeks later with stage 1 in her left breast. While this was a battle that Anna and I did not expect to encounter (especially at age 37), we were up to the task. Anna handled her treatments remarkably well and her oncologist was always encouraged by how well she looked at all of her appointments. After the initial shock, sadness, and anger. Her positive and upbeat attitude carried over into the form of a smile jar that she created for others going through Chemo treatment at the Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital (St. Louis). The Smile Jar consists of stickers, prayers, jokes, or anything else that may bring a smile to those battling through any form of cancer. Anna's ability to recognize the need for more smiles in the world and especially in the Pratt Center, while battling her own cancer is just one of the many extraordinary personality traits of my wife.

Anna's aunt Dina was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2015 (a few months after Anna). While this was another shock for the Schroeder family, as anticipated, they circled the wagons. She and her husband Mark have embraced their new normal as Dina is now cancer free. Anna's mom and cousin were both diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in 2019 and are both cancer free following their surgeries.

Freddy was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (a cancerous brain tumor) in the fall of 2016. Freddy has been a great mentor, leader, and friend to me in the past 5 years atWWT. He provided great support to me, while Anna battled her breast cancer. I remember the voicemail he left, soon after he heard about Anna's diagnosis, his words were great comfort to me to know that my boss had my back, while I did whatever I needed to do to support Anna. Who would have known that less than 18-months later, he would hear something similar from his own doctor.

While Anna's and Dina's battles are mainly over and we deal with our new normal, Freddy's battle still goes on. I wish nothing but the best for the Fredrickson family and they know they have the full support of the Hurlbert family and the full support of World Wide Technology.

Team WWT: We are proud to be joining Pedal the Cause in the fight against cancer. We know that it takes world-class research to create a world without cancer. And by participating in Pedal the Cause, we know that 100% of our donations will go directly to accelerating cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

My link: https://www.mypedalthecause.org/riders_profile.jsp?MemberID=96600

Anna's link: https://www.mypedalthecause.org/riders_profile.jsp?MemberID=154540

Your support is greatly appreciated and I hope this emails finds everyone doing well. If interested in joining team WWT, you can register here and search for WWT: https://www.pedalthecause.org/

Regards,
Tom

p.s. I'm sending this out to about 300 friends, family and co-workers, so even a $5 donation from most and I'll hit my goal.


MY PTC HISTORY

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