This is my third year participating in the Ride for Roswell. The Ride for Roswell and the fight against cancer is something that I am very passionate about. It becomes even more so as the years go by and I continue to see more and more people affected by this disease. I think about how so much research has been done through the years and how far we've come in the fight. Raising money was absolutely imperitave to help this happen. If so much was done so far, so much more can be done in the future. Like me, so many of you are watching loved ones, your own friends and family, fight a huge battle. I commend you for being a support system, and for having the desire to help. By doing so, you are raising money for such an immensely important cause, and there is such a sense of pride that comes with it.
The Ride for Roswell comes with huge energy at the event. Everyone was proud to be doing something to help. Everyone was fighting the same fight. The fight against cancer.
At one point you may have had to use the strength of a warrior to overcome cancer. At one point you may have felt the pain that comes with hearing a loved one has cancer. Cancer affects everyone in one way or another.
When I first registered to Ride, I did so and will continue to do so in my dad’s memory. He was my warrior, and he always will be. We watched the need for support and strength from the moment a brain tumor diagnosis was given. This time period was so emotional in all of our lives. My dad made it through so much. Surgeries, chemo, radiation. He did it all, and he did it all with the hope that things will be better.
I have an aunt who fought so hard to beat breast cancer! Funds from the Ride for Roswell help fund research so that this success story can be true for everyone.
I have an uncle who passed quickly due to esophageal cancer. This had come so quickly and taken him far too soon.
My aunt very recently passed due to lymphoma. Prior to this she fought and kicked uterine cancer's butt. She has a smile and a laugh that's infectious and will be so very missed.
These are such a few people that encourage me to ride. These people were so strong, and, although it may be on a bike, I can be strong too.
I thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for considering donating to Roswell Park, and for taking the time to read my story.