Countless motivations, One common goal
July 3, 2016
How did I start riding?
My first year participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer was in 2014. My love, Adam Christensen, explained to me that he, a cancer survivor, does the ride to conquer cancer to make the future brighter for those currently facing cancer. He told me he never wants anyone to have to experience what he had to. His strength and compassion is what inspired me to join To The Max and ride by his side to conquer cancer. I got my first road bike and biking quickly became one of my favourite things to do as a sport and an outlet (after a few intersection spills learning clip ins, and Adam struggling to fathom the difficulty I was having). Biking home from work in April 2015, I suffered a brain injury after I was hit by a car. I intended on getting back on my bike and doing the ride in August, no question. I went to Seattle and cheered the team on this year, but I didn't ride. At the time of my accident I was naive, and maybe in denial, but now I can see that I was also determined. Biking had become so important to me, as well as completing this ride, as a token of my support for those suffering from cancer, that I was shattered from not only my accident, but from having to let go of biking for the time being.
Days ago, excited and nervous, I went out on the road again. I couldn't be happier. I am so thankful and excited that I will be riding again, in August 2016 in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
Who do I ride for?
There are many people, like each of you reading this I'm sure, that I have lost to cancer and that I pray for right now as they battle cancer. I ride for those individuals. I ride for the families of those individuals. I ride for for the community as a whole, who is affected by cancer. I ride for Adam Christensen, nana, papa, Cathy Lervold, Ashley Salvador, Kelvin Stephens, Shannon Meidal, and Rob Moore. I ride because I want to make a difference, no matter how big or small. I ride because I dream of a world free of cancer, and if there is any microscopic way that I can progress that, I will. My mother always taught me to "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has," (Margaret Mead). So please, join me in this pursuit to conquer cancer.
Thank you graciously for your support and donations,
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