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Susanne Kondracke

New Albany to Gambier and Back
Team Bexley
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This photo represents life at its best - a storybook beginning: a childhood full of pure joy, love, happiness and innocence.  I am in the playhouse that my father built for my sister and me from scratch, complete with French doors, electricity, carpeting and tripled pained windows. Life was simple, carefree and fun! I was delightedly oblivious to anything but an idyllic life. That would change when I turned 12 and found my parents were not there to pick me up from ski club. My father had fallen gravely ill; that night his flu was determined instead to be renal cell carcinoma - kidney cancer. Dad would live with cancer for eight more years. He would endure countless operations. He would lose an eye to a brain tumor. He would continue to play tennis and drive a car, looking handsome and dapper with his black patch. He would be told he would never walk again. He would! He was told that he was terminal from the day of the diagnosis. He defied the odds over and over again. He smiled throughout it and engaged in friendly conversations whenever given the opportunity. He tried all of the experimental treatments. He marveled at his physicians and their expertise. (He would have been blown away by the impact of Pelotonia!) My mom was a rock through it all (still is!) and my brothers and sister were my heroes (still are!). 

I now have my own family and I strive to be for them what my father was for me, for us. I learned from him the importance of positivity. I learned about strength and the immense power of the human mind. The love he showed and the faith he demonstrated still resonate. I learned more from my father in 20 years than some might learn in a lifetime. That beautiful playhouse, that structure, will forever represent the amazing foundation that my father built for my family and me. 

This story was not scripted by my mom and dad. They could never have known where life would take them. While I long for the naiveté of the child in this photo, I cannot change the story. However, I can do my best to carry on my dad’s legacy – my family’s legacy. Pelotonia has provided me with an outlet to channel all of the grief that comes with losing my father at a young age. I am thankful for each and every Pelotonia participant and cannot possibly articulate my gratitude strongly enough. The Pelotonia arrow has become a treasured symbol full of joy, love, happiness, strength, courage, and belief. Thank you, Pelotonia, for being the manifestation of the best human qualities! Thank you, Daddy, for building us that sturdy playhouse.

More recently, I lost my mother-in-law and father-in-law to this despicable disease. The pain and loss - excruciating. I will continue to do my part.

I would be ever so grateful if you would consider donating to Pelotonia. Donations may be made on my fund-raising page here – (by clicking on that button on the right) -or- you may mail a check to: Pelotonia, L-3454, Columbus, OH 43260-3454 (Be sure to put Rider ID SK0008 on the check memo.) Fundraising for this year's ride goes through October 4th. Donations are accepted year-round but any made after October 4th will go toward next year's efforts.

Please know that each and every donation is treasured and impactful and adds to the collective total. (In ten years, we have raised more than $199 million dollars.) You should also know that, thanks to our generous funding partners, 100% of YOUR donation goes directly to cancer research – 100%!

My Pelotonia 19 Donors

Date Donor Name Amount
09/20/2019 In memory of William Bakker, WB0015 $50.00
09/13/2019 PULLL Donation $37.46
09/09/2019 Anonymous $109.00
08/21/2019 Sharon Casey $50.00
08/15/2019 Amy & Drew Stark $25.00
08/13/2019 Barb & Corny Boersma $50.00
08/06/2019 Mom $100.00
08/05/2019 The Kellogg Family $50.00
08/04/2019 Michael Gardner $1,000.00
08/03/2019 Shauna and Mike Lehman $50.00
08/02/2019 Megan and Jeff Walker $100.00
08/02/2019 Rick and Sarah Meizlish $50.00
08/02/2019 Anonymous $25.00
08/02/2019 Have a safe ride! Love you! $350.00
08/02/2019 The Cohn Family $50.00
08/01/2019 Jamie and Amy Graver $25.00
07/31/2019 Kathy and Tom Hayden $25.00
07/30/2019 Michele and Andy Bernstein $50.00
07/28/2019 Pat Barker $100.00
07/28/2019 Paula and Bill McMenamy $100.00
07/27/2019 Kerstin Sandberg $25.00
07/26/2019 Jackie Douglass $50.00
07/26/2019 Rodney Wasserstrom $500.00
07/25/2019 Ashley, Justin, and Tyler Harmon $100.00
07/25/2019 Gary and Karen Qualmann $50.00
07/25/2019 Joyce and Neal $25.00
07/24/2019 Victoria and David $50.00
07/23/2019 The Dawley Family $300.00
07/19/2019 Lauren Rackoff $25.00
07/19/2019 The Schildmeyer Family $75.00
07/19/2019 Melanie Orlandini $25.00
07/16/2019 PULLL Donation $62.87
07/01/2019 The Kroger Co. Bonus Donation $50.00
06/28/2019 Chris and Brandi Kondracke $250.00
06/28/2019 Bluespot YOGA $500.00
06/28/2019 Mike, Amy, Sam & Izaya $50.00
06/27/2019 Chrissie Landolfi $50.00
06/27/2019 Carrye $25.00
06/24/2019 The Maley's $50.00
06/21/2019 Tracy Wilkins $100.00
06/20/2019 Anonymous $100.00
06/20/2019 Cathy Utgard $100.00
06/18/2019 Anonymous $5.00
06/07/2019 Jenny Haugh $50.00
06/07/2019 George, Courtney and Scott $2,000.00
06/07/2019 Anonymous $20.00
06/01/2019 Christine Hoyer $50.00
05/31/2019 Honor Ride $20.00
04/30/2019 <3 Janelle $10.00
04/29/2019 Chris W $50.00
04/23/2019 Kellie Grant and Gregg Hamilton $25.00
03/29/2019 John and Sheila Ross $50.00
03/26/2019 Woody and Peggy Woodworth $100.00
03/05/2019 The Ulman Family $25.00
02/25/2019 Anonymous $50.00
02/25/2019 Cindy and Larry Hilsheimer $50.00
02/22/2019 Lee Hess $100.00
02/21/2019 Laura and David Powers $100.00
02/21/2019 Susanne Kondracke $100.00