The decision to bike VeloSano was not a difficult one for me. Cancer has affected all of us in one way or another. We all know someone - or ARE someone - who has struggled through treatments or lost their battle to this terrible disease. Personally, I think of my grandmothers Doris and Lois, grandfathers John and Harold, my great Aunt Marilyn, and multiple other aunts and uncles - still with us. Raising money to fund research with the goal of finding a cure just feels right.
I've enjoyed cycling for years. The feeling of seeing the miles rack up on the odometer, the breeze in your face, the good kind of burn in your legs. Last year's 100 mile VeloSano ride was excellent as was support from loved ones. The company I work for (www.moen.com) believes in this cause as well, so I am pleased to be riding as part of Team Moen this year along with some fantastic colleagues.
I have signed up to ride 100 miles again this year on Saturday, July 22th and committed to raising at least $1,500 to find a cure for cancer. Will you help me to reach that goal? Click the green donate button on the right side of my page to join me in the fight against cancer!
I RIDE TO THE GLORY OF THE HEALER.
In closing, you may have noticed the "tagline" above I chose for my personal page. I ride... "to the glory of the Healer". A cure for cancer (or even more effective treatments) will do an incredible amount of good. Suffering lessened, lives extended, joy and years added to the lives of our loved ones. Unfortunately, a cure for cancer - even if we find one - doesn't make everything right in the world. There remains a pain that will exist even in cancer's absense. It could be caused by another terminal disease, war, violence, even a seemingly random car accident. The only cure to ALL that ails us comes to us by healing work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Whether you are 5 chemotherapy sessions into the worst season of your life, or you are dealing with the pain of a broken relationship, lost job, rejected school application - or yes even if all seems perfect today - we all need to be healed and the cure for that disease is already available and free of charge to all. Thankful for Christ, I ride to the Glory of the Healer.
July 18, 2016 update: Team Moen lost a colleague, friend, and fellow VeloSano rider last year. Mark Snyder, a great guy and someone I've worked alongside for almost a decade, was fatally injured in a one vehicle accident while riding his bicycle, training for the VeloSano event. He is and will be deeply missed.