This will be my seventh-year riding across America and fundraising from the seat of my bicycle. I still honor the promise I made my dad the night he died to bike across America. We never discussed the route I would go so I keep riding. While I was fulfilling a dream of mine with these rides I decided to give my ride a greater purpose. Since I have lost a brother, two sisters, a niece, a cousin, and several friends to cancer I chose to use these rides as fund raises for cancer research. Due to Covid - 19. our physical, emotional, and financial situations are uncertain. This being said it is difficult for me to ask you to support me in my fight against cancer; still I encourage you to make a donation so cancer research can continue. TOGETHER we can make waves in the fight against cancer. On August 8 I will be participating in the SAA event by swimming a mile in Lake Michigan. A week later I hope to ride my bike 1800 miles along the East Coast. Both events are uncertain due to Covid-19. All I can do is HOPE.
This year I am dedicating my rides and swim to two very special friends, Berta and Leslie.
Berta was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly before Thanksgiving of 2019. She has tolerated the 8 chemo treatments to shrink her tumor. She has just begun 25 radiation treatments to farther reduce the size of the tumor which currently is wrapped around an artery. The hope is to remove the shrunken tumor through surgery. Her attitude is amazing.
Leslie, is a good friend that I met on my first cross country ride in 2014. On Jan. 23, 2018 Leslie was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and given a 50-50 chance that a year later she would still be alive. Thanks to the wonder drug Alectinib (FDA approved this drug just two months before Leslie was diagnosed) Leslie has spent the past 26 months checking things off her bucket list. The coronavirus has put a halt to her travels. Leslie also has an amazing attitude. She realizes that at any point her body can reject this drug. Every day that goes by allows research to continue to find the next miracle drug for both Berta and Leslie.
The money you donate today insures that cancer research will continue and lives will be saved.
As I ride and swim I also will be remembering my two sisters (2017, 2008), my brother (1997), my niece (2005), Howard (2014) and the other 266 names (my angels) on my white biking jersey. In 2014 I began writing the names of the people I rode for on the back of my white biking jersey. I continue to add names each year – thus the total of 272 names. While swimming 1.5 mile in the 2013 SAA event, I suffered hypothermia. When I could not do the lake swim I began biking across America. It has taken over four years to be comfortable swimming again. This is my 16th year participating in this event. Through your generosity, I have raised over $114,000 for cancer research, prevention, and treatment. Our fight is not over yet and your support is still needed.
Proceeds from the swim will support early-stage research and clinical trials for a variety of cancer types (one of them being lung cancer) at the Swim Across America Lab at Chicago Rush University Medical Center.
Their research benefits everyone. Together let us make the list of survivors longer. Patty
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, Amy, Carol T, Steve M 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, Rob M. Marcia P, Helen W., Lisa, Laurel, Jenny, Patti, Rob, Steve K., Claire G., Mark B, Cindy, Gayle, Linda, Berta, and the list goes on…