Last year I participated in the Empire State Ride in memory of Chad Ewings and it changed my life. The experience was transformational. The people I met on our 7-day trek across New York State taught me that this incredible bike ride was really not about the ride. It was about people and how cancer has affected their lives and the lives of so many loved ones.
I'm returning this year now as part of a team who I met on last year's ride. It is called team T-Strong in memory of Theresa Lewandowski who lost her battle to this terrible disease. I rode with her husband Jerry on last year's ride. Jerry showed up to ride in her honor not knowing anyone. The first day he fell off his bike and thought he broke his wrist. He wrapped his wrist with duct tape and rode all 560 miles over 7 days. He would not stop. Jerry’s spirit and love for his wife inspired me to step up my game in our fight against cancer.
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