On March 9, the third day of my cross country bike ride to raise money for cancer, I received the news that my sister, Nancy had lost her battle to lung cancer, a battle which she had been fighting since August, 2014. After I received this news I dedicated my ride to her. I honored her memory everyday. I promised myself that I would continue fund raising for cancer so that other families do not have to suffer the loses (4) that our family has suffered.
On July 29, I will be swimming 1.5 miles for my two sisters, my brother, my niece, and the other 208 names on my white biking jersey. (three more names have been added since I have been home.) The swim will be a challenge for me but no less than the challenge that people battling cancer face each day. These angels will give me strength and courage. I will recognize each one of them by counting my strokes 1-212. I will repeat this cycle for as long as it takes me to do the swim.
In 2013, doing my 1.5-mile swim in Lake Michigan I suffered hypothermia. It has taken me over three years to be comfortable swimming again. Since my desire to raise money for SAA was still strong, I needed a different way to contribute and so I began biking across America. Because I believe so strongly in the mission of Swim Across America I use the Chicago Event to receive your donations. My 2016 cross country ride was postponed because I suffered a severe concussion while on a training ride after being doored. Because so many people had donated in support of my fund raising efforts I faced my fear of swimming in the lake and swam 1.5 miles. Swimming still is not easy but for the 13th year I will be again participating in this event. Through your generosity, I have raised over $81,000 for cancer research, prevention, and treatment. Our fight is not over yet and your support is still needed.
As most of you know in 2014 and 2015 I rode my bike across America to fulfill a dream of mind and a promise I made my dad the night he died. At the same time that I was fulfilling a dream of mine and to give my ride a purpose, I decided to use my rides as fund raisers for Cancer. The fight to cure cancer is not over yet and neither is my dream to bike across America. This spring I biked across the southern part of the United States. My journey of 3,505 miles began March 5 in San Diego, CA and ended May 2 in St. Augustine, FL. I have set my goal at raising a minimum of $17,525 - $5.00 for each mile pedaled.
To recognize and honor all the people that I am riding for I began writing their names on the back of my white jersey in 2014. In 2015 I added 50 more names. In 2016, I added 31 more names. In 2017, I have added 48 names. The total now is 212. I wore this jersey on the most challenging days. Knowing that each person whose named was written on my jersey had the strength and courage to fight their battle with cancer gave me the strength and determination to face the challenges - the wind, the rain, the climbs over the Continental Divide just to name a few- that I encountered on my cross country rides.
Please support my efforts and this critically important cause by making a generous donation. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure. Money raised for the Chicago Event benefits Rush Cancer Center in Chicago. Their research helps everyone. Together let us make the list of survivors longer.
In memory of: John (brother), Chrissy (niece), Deanna (sister), Nancy (sister), Howard, Inese, Linda V, Claire, Mary Kay, John C., Christina, Karen, Ken, Elizabeth, Amos, Rosemary R, Lanny D, Doug J, Pete D, Joan D, Karen H, Al B, Rita T, Stephanie, Amy A, Thomas P, Estelle P, James, W.C. S, Toni K, Arthur B, Jill J, Mary, Patti G, James B, Lucille, Jane, Jonna, Kappy K.’s mom, Elizabeth B. W, Steve M. Steve, Leah A, Sally Sunshine, Catherine G, Nancy, Charles “Chuck” P,, Debbie, Stephanie, Betty, Matt G, Jay G., Courtney, Chad, Bob B. Katie R. and the list goes on…
In honor of: Jackie, Susan, Paul, Charles R., Linda K., Wendi, Jeff T., Mary L, Patricia M, Steve M., Ralph, Jim M., Rita, Debbie and Steve V, Ronnie , Leslie D, Doug C, Debbie B, Nancy W, Laura B, Eileen, Holly B, Samantha C, Terese K, Tony, Jolie, AJ, Bob, Molly R, Joanne R, Eileen, Ian W, Brum, Marlene’s family and friends, Larry M, Leslie H, Mike R, Charles “Chuck” P, Debbie, Stephanie, Dick, Lynn H, Terry, Amy, Rob M. Marcia P, Helen W., Lisa, Laurel, Jenny, Patti, Rob, Steve, and the list goes on…