Pelotonia Training and Fundraising Updates – 2018

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Latest update: May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

We recently crossed the halfway point to our $6,000 fundraising goal.  We still need to make our contribution (and let Seph’s employer match it), but we still need your help. In terms of artistic abilities my strength is really in photography, but when one of my donors asked if I’d somehow include initials of those she’d like us to ride in honor of on ride day, I had to think of a way to accommodate her.  In all of my Team in Training events we had honorees (both personal and team) and my dad was always my #1 honoree and we would carry those honoree names with us on our shirts or packs on event day.  I started designing the attached and while I’m not quite sure how it is going to be worn on event weekend (maybe laminated and attached to my bike?) it will be displayed.  If there is someone you would like me to add to the list on ride in honor of let me know.

Why do I do this (be it the riding or the fundraising) is a question that I often get asked and the answer is because there isn’t a cure for cancer, the treatments that exist are toxic and have side effects long after the cancer is destroyed, and more and more people in my life are effected by cancer.  Katy, a friend since elementary school, has Hodgkins Lymphoma.  She is under 40, a teacher, coach, wife and mom to two kids and after months of chemo received a bone marrow transplant this week.  It has been more than a decade since my dad had his bone marrow treatment and there are definitely differences and improvements in the process.  So what I’m getting at is I do this (riding, fundraising, raising awareness) to: support improvements in treatment and diagnostics, with the hope that improvements in early detection and side effects will drastically increase and that the suffering from treatments will be minimized, and I do it because I keep adding people to this list that I know that have been diagnosed and are going or have gone through treatment.

I already have 25 names on my design, and while adding more names to the list means I know more people touched by cancer –patients, and their families and friends – it does reinforce why this matters to me and I’d be honored to think about your connections while I’m putting in the miles.

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