2020 is a Leap Year. I began drafting this letter on Leap Day. The idea was that I would challenge the reader asking, “what are you going to do with your extra day?!” I was going to ask ... “How will you use your extra day to ‘do good’?” (I am a DG, you know?)
I gathered the supplies I needed: purchasing bright green paper, envelopes, legendary gold seals, return envelopes and celebratory stamps. But something stopped me. I was not quite ready to send my letter.
You know acutely well that the world was changing. The focus was shifting. I had become distracted. My daughter was studying abroad and I was learning more and more about the looming disease, rampant in Asia and Europe. I was not quite sure how to proceed as things continued to evolve and the spinning world slowed. The ever-changing, conflicting information began to keep me up at night.
Since that time, we have witnessed absolutely heart-wrenching scenes. However, the leadership and inspiration, unparalleled kindness and conviction have brought hope and promise.
This brings me to today as I rewrite my letter and make a pledge to you. For 12 years I have been a participant in a life-altering event and mission, known as Pelotonia. We raise needed funds for cancer research. My participation is unwavering; I will always be a part of Pelotonia as it has made all the difference in my life and countless others’ lives. The need is ever-present. Yes, this year looks different. But this remains the same - 100 percent of the funds I raise goes directly to cancer research.
In 2020, each of us is being challenged to craft our own experience.
For “My Pelotonia” this year, I will ride 20 20-mile bike rides in June and July. My goal is to raise $10,000 by August 1, 2020. In addition, I will do my part; I will continue to donate my O+ blood, volunteer at my church’s Heart-to-Heart food pantry, wear a mask, sew masks for others and regularly connect - engaging in new ways - with family and friends.
So now I ask, “What will you do with any extra time you might have on this day?”
I am hoping for your support, as you are able. Will you please consider a Pelotonia donation of $20.20? 100% goes to cancer research. (Note: there is even a fund studying COVID19 and cancer.)
Visit www.pelotonia.org/kondracke -or- send a check to:
Pelotonia (put in memo - RIDER ID SK0008)
Columbus, Ohio 43260-3454
Thank you for reading and thank you, in advance, for supporting me.
Filled with hope and inspiration, Susanne
P.S. Here’s another thought ... join me! Create your own experience! What’s your Pelotonia? What can you do to challenge yourself during these unprecedented times? Visit Pelotonia.org for more info!
|03/06/2020||2020 Registration Bonus||$50.00|
|02/28/2020||Michele and Andy Bernstein||$50.00|
|02/24/2020||The Ulman Family||$20.20|
|02/24/2020||Laura and David Powers||$100.00|
|02/23/2020||Woody & Peg Woodworth||$200.00|
|10/26/2019||Bank of America Charitable Foundation on behalf of G. Kondracke||$2,000.00|