Rebecca Hemsley-Gakidis's Ride

cancer does not discrimintate

“What I came to realize is that fear, that’s the worst of it.  That’s the real enemy.  So, get up, get out in the real world and you kick that bastard as hard as you can right in the teeth.” Walter White

Frightening how mainstream this deadly beast has become.  A part of all of our lives, really.  If you haven’t been directly affected by cancer, undoubtedly Hollywood has found you. Simply because most of us can relate to it and the majority of us have been touched in one way or another by it.  They’ve written us into their scripts, emulating our worlds with characters we connect with, the story lines we admire, and touching on a monster that one way or another makes us cry and feel.  There’s cancer even in Hollywood; on the big screen, and behind it.  Cancer does not discriminate.  It meets our neighbor, our best friend, our children’s teachers, the UPS guy, our mother, father, sibling, husband and wife, our favorite movie star and character.  Maybe even us, if not now, one day �" maybe. 

I’m not much of a Hollywood gal,  but if an institution that began with stories of love, war, and essentially taking us away for moments to be entertained- now folds cancer into the mix (so much so it is the theme of blockbuster hits, think Fault in Our Stars, and addictive series, Breaking Bad) - seems to me it's sort of a big deal.  My guess is Hollywood is onto something.  Cancer is more ever present than ever and that has to change,

So, Why do I ride?  The challenge.  The challenge that cancer sufferers meet on a daily basis.  The challenge that family and loved ones endure along the journey.  The challenge for researchers and phenomenal doctors who tirelessly seek a cure.  The physical challenge my body endures.  The mental challenge it takes to stay strong.  The challenge of raising funds to ensure that all of those challenges are a little less daunting for patients and caretakers, (not Hollywood film makers).  I ride for Johnny, Maureen, Cookie and Janice, who fought hard.  I ride for my granddad, Tine, and Nick who succumbed during a time before research and treatments had made strides.   I ride for Dave and Cindy who continue the battle.  I ride out of fear that I won’t be able to anymore.  I’ll ride as long as I can. Ride with me and accept your challenge by donating to PMC, Dana Farber and this enormous effort to kick cancers ass.  Ride on friends - for those that can’t.   Let’s kick this bastard right in the teeth �" and hard! And let’s challenge  Hollywood to come up with something else to plaster the screens with…. Films and stories of the cure! 

Much gratitude for your past support and continued encouragement.  And thoughts to you all who have met Cancer up close.  It’s a trying journey, I know, stay strong…

Every penny you donate goes directly to cancer research.  Every penny goes to the $4500 I am bound to raise this year.  I’ll ride for you and your loved ones, ride for them too and donate what you can!




Total Raised

$0

Goal

$4,500

Progress




Last year, 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to the Jimmy Fund.

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My Paceline Supporters

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My Rides

2015 $0 Wellesley to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2014 $4,801.37 Wellesley to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2013 $4,912.09 Wellesley to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)
2012 $4,213.76 Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)
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