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It is the three year anniversary since I lost my dad and best friend to cancer. As many of you know, I dedicated last year’s 2-day, 200 mile bike ride to him and to my close friend, Christine, who was battling cancer. She has since kicked cancer’s butt, and is living life to the fullest. In addition to this fantastic news, last year you helped me raise $20,352 towards cancer research. This incredible event and fundraising effort is called Pelotonia. Pelotonia was founded in 2008 with one goal in mind: fund cancer research. Last year, the Pelotonia community raised over 27 million dollars for the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute), also known as “The James”.
As most of you are aware, this event is very important to me because of what The James Cancer Hospital gave us when my dad didn’t have much time left. Since I have started riding and training for this event, I always have a feeling that my dad is close to me when I am on the bike. In every training ride, I warm up by telling him about what is happening in my life, the successes and failures of being a husband, father and educator. I tell him about all the things he is missing. I tell him about his grandkids, and the stories that I know would have him roaring with laughter and beaming with pride. I tell him about mom’s trip to Florida, Rob’s new job, and how Jake and Steph are excited to tie the knot in 2020.
It is our special time and one of many reasons why I get excited to ride no matter the weather because it is in these moments where I feel I can keep my promise to Deacon Junga by speaking his name, telling stories about him, and never forgetting what type of person he was to me. So, to fully follow through on this promise, I feel it would be best to honor my dad by riding again, not for just him, but for someone else who needs us now. My dad strongly believed in family, friendship, service and community. So, I see no better way than to honor these values instilled in me, and his memory than by riding for Johnny. This year’s ride will be dedicated to my student, Johnny, who is an inspiration to me and continues to display incredible courage and perseverance as he battles to be cancer-free.
Johnny is someone who brightens my day each and every time he walks into 1st period. Johnny is a 6th grader, and we all know how hard middle school can be, but on top of the struggles of middle school, he is dealing with something far greater than most of us could ever imagine. Johnny was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2016, and has been battling this disease ever since. He has good days and bad as a result of his various treatments. But, if you met Johnny, you would never know what he is dealing with. He isn’t a kid who sulks; he smiles, and smiles often. He never uses this burden as an excuse, and he always does his best. He is awesome at making stop motion animation videos, he loves Star Wars, and he is loved by so many. I am going to be 37 years old this year, and I can honestly say I admire and look up to a 12 year old boy. The purpose of Pelotonia is to find a cure and end cancer once and for all, so that kids like Johnny never ever have to go through what he is going through.
Similar to last year, I’ll be riding along with my friend and brother, Jeff Polesovsky (a.k.a.- J Po). Last year, I learned a lot about the 200 mile ride, and I am already looking forward to participating in the event again. In addition to meeting my goal of riding 200 miles, I have set my fundraising goal at $5,000 in hopes to eclipse it again. 100% of every rider raised dollar goes directly to funding cancer research. This summer I will once again be sporting my best spandex with one of my best buddies for an incredible cause. Please check out my rider profile by clicking this link pelotonia.org/jp0297 . Your support is so appreciated!
My dad’s favorite Quarterback and Buffalo Bill, Jim Kelly, said it best after receiving the 2018 Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. "Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow." Let’s all do our part in making a difference for those that are fighting for their tomorrow.
#OneGoal #JohnnyStrong #MPStrong #ChristineStrong #EndCancer #StandUpToCancer #Pelotonia19
|08/12/2019||The Caris Family||$25.00|
|08/04/2019||The Parke Fam||$100.00|
|08/03/2019||Bob and Nancy Barrett||$100.00|
|07/31/2019||Sheila & Bob||$100.00|
|07/31/2019||The Edwards Family||$100.00|
|07/30/2019||Jake & Steph||$50.00|
|07/29/2019||Nancy & Bob Barrett||$100.00|
|07/13/2019||susan and Paul Paprocki||$75.00|
|07/09/2019||The Gray Family||$50.00|
|07/08/2019||The Reidy Family||$50.00|
|07/01/2019||The Kroger Co. Bonus Donation||$50.00|
|06/28/2019||Tom and Tara Rogers||$400.00|
|06/06/2019||Tricia Ebel & Family||$50.00|
|05/20/2019||Larry & Bo Swoboda||$200.00|
|05/10/2019||The McGoey Family||$75.00|
|04/27/2019||Adam & Aleks Butman||$25.00|
|04/24/2019||From J-Train to J-Train||$100.00|
|04/22/2019||Nicole and Chris Bogyo||$15.00|
|04/20/2019||Briget and Chuck Chamness||$300.00|
|04/20/2019||Jim and Michelle Haudan||$350.00|
|04/19/2019||The Reese Family||$200.00|
|04/18/2019||High Cotton USA, Inc.||$250.00|
|04/18/2019||The Oberholtzer Family||$100.00|
|04/18/2019||Rey, G, and Arch||$250.00|
|04/18/2019||Chris and Andrea Noward||$50.00|
|04/18/2019||The Raju Family||$25.00|
|04/18/2019||SJ & Nick||$50.00|