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