2018 was a monster year for the Ride for Roswell bringing in $5.3 Million in for Cancer Research. Not only was I honored to be an Extra Mile Club rider last year raising more than $1200 I also had the privileged of join 200 of my fellow riders in the Peloton to kick off the 2018 ride.
I met some incredible warriors in the fight against cancer in 2018 between the Ride for Roswell and the 11 Day Power Play. Since then the importance of Roswell has become more evident than I had ever thought. So many people celebrate life each and every day because of Roswell. Roswell is able to give people that fighting chance because of events like the Ride for Roswell. The Ride for Roswell is made possible by the thousands of people that show their support each and every day along with their commitment to put an end to cancer.
Several years ago, my wife and i took part in our first Ride for Roswell. I can confidently say that the morning of our ride, I had no idea just how much of an impact this event would have on me. We gathered with hundreds of other riders in front of Roswell Park, cards made from patients of Roswell in hand, we straddled our bikes and raised our cards to our supporters in the vestibule of the new Roswell Park...with a salute and a wave we were on our way with best wishes for those we were riding for.
I have taken this memory with me through the years and this is why I ride. I ride for those fighting. I ride for those who support their family members and close friends who are fighting by their side. I ride for those who one day will have the misfortune of challenging cancer head on.
This year, I welcome back the Pink Tutu challenge. If I make it to my $1000 goal I will ride wearing a Pink Tutu for both the Peloton and ride day.
Personally, I ride for those in my heart and mind every single day that have fought cancer.
Two time fighter and winner - Aunt Gert
My mother who also fought and beat skin cancer.
My Unlce Gary who lost his fight in 2018
And all those I have met and rode beside in the Peloton ride in 2018. You're all an inspiration and the conversations we shared have resonated with me all year long.
This is much more than a bike ride for me — it’s my commitment to the fight to end cancer.