WHY I RIDE ...
When I was a little girl, my father used to bring me to my horseback riding lessons because my mom thought horseback riding was too dangerous. He also was the one who bought me my very first 10 speed bike on my 16th birthday. Less than a year later I lost my Dad to Melanoma.
He did not get to see me graduate from college, walk me down the aisle at my wedding, or meet any of my three fantastic children. I miss him!
Six months after my daughter was born, she was diagnosed with a very rare blood disorder which lead us to a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Yale New Haven Children’s Center.
As a single parent, and sole provider for 3 children, one of whom was sick, my juggling act had just begun. Through the years, my daughter and I spent a lot of time in the hospital. Our one constant…..her Doctor. Every time we were there, he stopped in to talk to HER….And he really TALKED to her. Even if he was off, he would come and TALK to her. He encouraged her to jump on the hospital bed..even if it broke…to have wheelchair races with the nurses in hallways where it wasn’t really allowed...to spread her wings & fly. He did this for many, many, other much more ill children, as well.
During one of our more recent visits, he shared with me that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, that he was being treated, and was hoping for the best. Despite all of that…he was still there to TALK to my daughter.
The magnitude to which he has touched us both….…unimaginable.
My daughter will graduate from college this year, her Doctor will be here to see it….We are blessed!
My life’s journey to this point, would never have been possible without the support of my many friends, several who are also affected by cancer today: melanoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia & bladder cancer.
It is my turn to give back to them. So for all you guys who have blessed me with the opportunity of each unique connection……I ride for you!
I RIDE BECAUSE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
We are getting closer to a cure…ONE mile at a time!!!
I will be riding a 192-mile route from Sturbridge to Provincetown over two days. To take part in this event I need to raise a minimum of $4,300 and am asking for your help in achieving this goal. Donations are tax deductible . 100% of each donated dollar goes to fund cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the PMC, The Jimmy Fund or Dana Farber Cancer Institute and mail them to me.
If your employer has a matching gift program, get the form from HR, and follow the process for matches.
Any contribution you can make toward my ride would be most gratefully appreciated. The PMC is a way for me to honor my father, my daughter’s Doctor, and my friends, all of whom have met their battles with high hopes, unshakeable faith and a buoyant spirit of determination. You all have made a difference!!!
Please help me to help others continue making a difference.
Huge thank you to my workout crew....CK.....TD...you guys keep me going!!!