Last year in Pelotonia 2018, it didn't occur to me until about half way through the ride that 3 out of the 4 other people I was riding with are cancer survivors. How could I not have realized that sooner, especially on a ride solely focused on ending cancer? Maybe it was because they are all about my age. They are all super athletic and more fit than I am. One of them is a mom of kids the exact same ages as my kids. They all three have incredibly interesting careers. And these were the things we were talking about as the miles passed. Life. We were talking and laughing about life. And once again, I found myself detached from the idea that cancer has no biases and affects anyone and everyone, no matter how young, smart, fit, vivacious, or amazing they are. I literally had to remind myself, while on a bike ride for cancer, that cancer is not something that happens "other people", we are all in this TOGETHER.
I know I say this every year, but it's still just staggering to me that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetime. This time, however, I'm not saying that as a statistic about "other people". I'm thinking of the friends I rode with last year. 3 out of 5 of us had cancer. I'm thinking of this cruel statistic in terms of 3 other close women in my life. And 3 more. And 3 more. I'm thinking of my mom, my best friends...me. This is truly about all of us. On August 2nd I will ride in Pelotonia 2019. Together, we will raise funds with ONE GOAL- to end cancer. 100% of every single rider dollar raised for Pelotonia goes to groundbreaking cancer research at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Reaseach Institue at The Ohio State University.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!