I’ve been personally and professionally touched by those with cancer for many years. Having closely followed the ride for several years, I was inspired to participate myself. My hope for the ride is that I can have even an ounce of the strength and courage that cancer patients have.
One of my best friends, Aleesa, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. My coworker and dear friend, Melanie, was not only diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she also completed the ride during her treatment. Aleesa is like a sister to me, and her diagnosis was a major realization that cancer doesn’t discriminate, regardless of your age. Melanie is my superhero.
Seeing the positive attitude and outlook that my superhero Melanie has, makes me realize how much can be taken for granted. Each and every day should be seen as a gift and not wasted.
I hope the funds I help raise and my participation in the ride will be a piece of the larger puzzle that will result in finding a cure.
My message to cancer
One of my favorite authors as a child was Shel Silverstein. I’ll steal his words and tell cancer, “This is where the sidewalk ends.”