We're creeping up closer to the Ride for Roswell on June 24 and so far I've raised almost $12,000! I've downgraded my goal from $25,000 to $12,500 so I think that is totally reachable. As of yesterday, June 21, our team of 18 riders surpassed $30,000 in donations! What a great group of friends and family. Please consider supporting me in my personal fight, as well as all the amazing work being done at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to find a cure for cancer.
For those not already familiar with my journey thus far, I was diagnosed in November 2015 with bile duct cancer that had metastasized to my abdomen. This is a very rare cancer, and it is currently incurable. I participated in a clinical trial at RPCI from February through April 2016, and since then have continued to receive chemotherapy to shrink my tumors and keep new growth at bay. I have also taken advantage of the palliative care services offered at Roswell to manage my side effects and increase my quality of life. I have made a lot of progress but my future, and that of many other individuals with cancer, is hanging in the balance. My optimism rarely wavers and I remain very hopeful for the future because of the research and advances that are happening at places like Roswell every day. The journey I have been on has taught me many things--the two most outstanding being that I have an incredibly amazing support system that has carried me through and continues to do so, and to be grateful every single day. I am grateful for every single donation and every person who keeps me in their thoughts and prayers--I am very lucky indeed.
Our team is called Valerie's Victorious Velocipedists and we will be at tent #36 on Ride day (June 24) at UB's North Campus at Baird Point. I will be chilling at our tent, encouraging and celebrating our team, offering snacks and beverages, playing games, and spreading cheer! If you have a chance, stop by and celebrate our efforts to eradicate cancer from all of our lives.
Thanks to all for your continuing love and support! Valerie
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