Rebecca Hemsley-Gakidis's Ride
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Why I Ride ...
CANCER STILL SUCKS
Even though it was reported to be the hottest day in PMC history last year, (just my luck) strangely there was hardly time to think about the heat, and I only really felt it when we stopped to take a break. It was too mesmerizing along the way, considering who all those riders and volunteers were, and why they were riding. The overwhelming realization that the wave of people affected by cancer, for me had just gotten bigger. The pride and emotion began to bubble in my throat.
Less than a ¼ of mile into the ride I was being told by some other dedicated rider, “a professional” I quickly labeled “creepy professional” because he knew me by name, (I later realized that we all had name tags on the backs of our bikes) that my seat was too high and I really should fix it. Less than a mile into the ride and I was already discouraged. I had managed to raise the minimum and now the real test. Would I make it to Bourne by dark? This guy on my left sure didn’t think so. It may have been the handlebar tassels prominently displayed on my bike that alerted him that I might need rescuing somewhere along the route. Well, I didn’t fix my seat and I didn’t need rescuing.
Along with the pride and emotion came challenges and successes. Somewhere in Acushnet, I mastered grabbing a freeze pop while flying along at 12 (sometimes 14) miles an hour without taking out myself or the sweet girl holding it at arm’s length. I went on to master the water bottles and unzipping my fanny pack (yes I wore a fanny pack) to retrieve a nut or two while juggling the handlebars and trying to adjust my "non-professional" helmet. And I realized the importance of munching on Jelly Belly Beans infused with crack!
CANCER STILL SUCKS! But with perseverance and focus, one freeze pop at a time, putting discouraging thoughts and comments in the gutter, soon the impossible hill will become possible and Cancer will have met its maker. Staying positive can be our greatest weapon. Join me in continuing to support the efforts of the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. I challenge you to rise to the occasion once again and help me meet my fundraising commitment of $4300. Thanks to the outpouring of support last year I will be riding the 2 day ride from Wellesley to P’town alongside my father, sister and “trainer” Marlissa!
Bring it On! Let’s get on with it!
Please visit my profile at www2.pmc.org click on DONATE button and enter my rider code RH0161.
If you can’t support financially, then consider making your way out on Saturday August 3rd or Sunday August 4th to cheer on the thousands of riders that will flood the roadways of The Commonwealth. From Sturbridge, to Boston, to P’Town, they will be out there in full force! Their enduring commitment and intense dedication to this ride and cause is beyond inspiring! I am pretty confident that the hairs on your arms will stand up in salute to these riders. It is “getting the chills” on speed! Maybe ill see you alongside the road somewhere!
Thankyou for taking the time to listen to my story.
I ride because I can. I ride because so many others cant. I ride because too many people no longer have choices to make. I ride because life is frail. i ride for Dave. I ride because I am not a professional. I ride because I would like to see a “Clapper” in every cancer patient rooms. I ride for the hope. I ride for Johnny.
Last year, 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to the Jimmy Fund.
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My Paceline Supporters
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|2013||$4,912.09||Wellesley to Family Finish at Ptown (2-Day)|
|2012||$4,213.76||Wellesley to Bourne (1-Day, Sat)|