I’ve been thinking about doing something big for a while…seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve done anything. Sure I’ve run a few races in the last few months, gone a few long bike rides but it doesn’t seem to be enough. I need to give back to my community. So this was the week I decided to do something about it. I signed up for a 100 mile bike ride – that’s 100 miles in one day – a different kind of starting line. The ride is called Obliteride and all proceeds raised will go to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Riding 100 miles on my bike in one day is the least I could do to give back to the organization that made me a cancer survivor today. I need to raise $1500 in 45 days – I’m a little late in the game to fund raise but I think I can do it. It’s been a while since I’ve done any fundraising for an event but I’m willing to take on the challenge.
Why am I doing this? The simple answer is because I can. The more complex answer, because I feel like I need to make a difference, not just for me but for others too.
Being a cancer survivor isn’t easy, it comes with challenges – physical and mental. Every day I look in the mirror and I see the scars and I’m reminded that I went through cancer. I’m the only one who sees the scars (for the most part) and most people think I’m just the average 39 year old…married and active. I’m not. I had breast cancer at 35 – most of you who follow me already know my story. I didn’t let cancer stop me then and I’m not about to let it get in the way of my future.
Every time I go out for a run or ride, something different hurts. Some people will say that comes with the territory – getting older – but even though I’m 39, my body feels like I’m 69. In order for me to stay ahead of the game and be on top of my health, I have to remain active. Staying active is what helped me survive. Staying active actually helps all those aches and pains.
I’ve haven’t done a century ride since 2009, BC (before cancer) it was hard then and I’m sure it will be hard this time. But I have no doubt I can do it again. I’m happy to raise funds for Fred Hutch – with the research they’ve done over the years, it is what helped me in my journey. The funds we raise today will help others. I volunteer for several organizations – each for a different reason – each of them helped me out. I’m happy to ride 100 miles to help obliterate cancer – to make a difference and show my community that we can help each other through our journey.
If you’d like to help me get to my goal of $1500, please visit my personal fundraising page. As an incentive, I’m doing a raffle – for every $25 you donate, I will put your name in a hat to win a $100 Brooks Running gift card.