Cancer seemed to have hit a lot of our family and friends in 2022- including mine. There’s a post that I used a while back during one of my fundraisers that reads: “When someone you know has cancer, everyone that loves them does too”. Unfortunately more of us have found that out. THIS DISEASE IS NOT EASY ON ANY OF US!!
For those of you who reached out to me last year because of what I went through with my dad- or because I do The Ride For Roswell- I hope my words and careful listening gave you some comfort and/or direction.
With that being said, I have signed up for what will be my 7th Ride For Roswell - While still honoring the memory of my dad and his battle- I honor whatever reason you decide to donate as well as for US”!! Those who have spent countless hours in the hospital, at appointments, by ones bedside making sure they are getting the best possible care- all while trying to understand “WHY”.
I have also set some personal goals for myself:
First- While I’m not going to set a specific Fundraising Goal, my hope is that I get the same support that I have had in the past- and with a little luck, make this the Best Fundraising Year ever. To do that- I need to top $3500.00. I’ve got some work to do but anythings possible right?
Second- to ride in my 6th Peloton/Opening Ceremonies ride. Provided I qualify by raising $2500, this is the 12 Mile Ride leaving from Roswell to The University of Buffalo the night before the actual ride weekend starts. This is an emotional torch lighting program that recognizes Research, Drs, Patients, Survivors, and honors those we lost.
Third- When it comes time to signing up for The Ride For Roswell, I’ve always 1-up’d myself in ride miles- first year I rode 3- and last year I did 30. Well, I’m no “Spring Chicken” but the next one up is what they are calling the "45 Mile Country Route". (I guess for s**ts and giggles they don’t tell you about the additional 1.7 miles that actually makes it 46.7 miles). Oh Well, my mind says I can- so that’s the one I’ve signed up for. Working up to June 23rd will be a challenge but I'm ready for it. Just hoping my body cooperates. LOL
In closing, I thank you all for reading and maybe at least thinking about donating. I see where your donations go and I’m proud to say- “It’s unbelievable and proud we’re a part of it”.
Donate @ rideforroswell.org ——rider Debbie Wittmeyer