Ben Gribble

Why I ride: As you read this it has been seven months since my mother Deb Gribble passed away on February 3, 2017 and I feel like I am still only beginning to grasp the finality of everything. There are days where I almost pick up my phone to call or send a text before realizing that she's no longer here. My reflection of her battle with cancer tends to initially draw up feelings of sadness. However there is also a great sense of pride that I have, not only because of how hard she fought, but because of the grace she maintained throughout. I remember the shock and despair of her initial diagnosis, but I also remember how quickly she diverted her focus to beating her disease. After her initial stem-cell transplant and chemotherapy, she maintained such a positive attitude. Even when her cancer became more aggressive and it was time for a round two of transplants she never complained. The challenges she faced along the way seemed to only make her dig her heels in harder and press forward even more determined. Beyond the transplants, there were bouts with radiation therapy, endless cocktails of infusions and even a hip replacement, but I honestly can't recall her ever getting outwardly down on herself and complaining. She always kept a positive attitude and it was more like those things were mere inconveniences to her doing what she loved.

Another thing I find myself remembering most about her was her relentless ambition to impact others in a positive way. So often I've had people tell me that she had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person in the room and she would put down whatever she was doing to take interest. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't a people pleaser - as many of you know, she had no problem telling you when she disagreed - but she was always there to listen or offer support however she could. There are countless examples I could offer, but I think her dedication to Pedal the Cause is the most appropriate here. She was always so proud of the amount of donations and funding she raised. Completing the ride, even with her disease was a distant second to seeing how much money she could raise. I think part of it was knowing that she was helping others in her situation the best way she knew how, but also because there was part of her that just enjoyed standing defiant against cancer.

I ride with Pedal the Cause so that hopefully one day we can live in a world without cancer. Cancer research has come so far so fast over the last few years and we are on the cusp of some major breakthroughs. But we can only get there if organizations like Siteman Cancer Center have the funding they desperately need to support current and future research projects that advance treatment and ultimately save lives.

My Donations:

Date
Donor
Amount
11/03/2017
Tom and Laura Edgeton
$100.00
09/30/2017
Adam
$100.00
09/26/2017
Sharol Henry
$100.00
09/24/2017
Brian Kottenstette
$100.00
09/20/2017
Kelly Kirchoff
$25.00
09/20/2017
Steve McKinstry
$100.00
09/17/2017
Genevieve (Jenny) Biggs
$50.00
09/17/2017
Martha and Doug Butler
$50.00
09/14/2017
Anonymous
$50.00
09/13/2017
Darren Prenger
$100.00
09/12/2017
Steve and Kathy Droste
$150.00
09/12/2017
Cheri Lopatin and Family
$72.00
09/12/2017
Phil Moser
$50.00
09/12/2017
Brian Baber
$50.00
09/12/2017
Dana Shannon
$50.00
09/12/2017
Anonymous
$200.00
09/12/2017
The Halterman Family
$100.00
09/12/2017
Joel Andersen
$50.00
09/12/2017
Shannon Hunsel
$100.00
09/12/2017
The Castanedas
$100.00
09/12/2017
Anonymous
$20.00
09/12/2017
Nathan & Danielle Tormala
$50.00
09/12/2017
Jocelyn Bartlett
$50.00
09/11/2017
Ben Cummings
$25.00
09/11/2017
Carissa Stajnrajh
$20.00
08/16/2017
Ben Gribble
$100.00
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