Why I Participate:
Just a few years ago, one of the people I love most, my aunt Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I watched her suffer through treatment, including a double mastectomy procedure. That day, I loaded a bouquet of flowers onto my bike and rode to the hospital. Holding her hand in the recovery room, I watched as this woman, whom I have always seen as a tremendous example of feminine strength, reduced to tears. She told me she could feel ghost breasts, even though they had been completely removed from her body.
In the years that followed, Amy bounced back quickly, immediately continuing to care for her family, her husband and my young cousin, with a new emphasis on her own health. I visited her at home and made green smoothies for breakfast, admiring her resilience and strength. An experienced psychologist, she has always been a great example of self-care, but it has been incredible to watch her transform through this and become even better in innumerable ways. I have admired her my entire life, but I have never wanted to emulate her qualities as much as I do now.
Today, she jokes about never having to wear a bra. She is the same gentle, kindhearted good listener she has always been, with a new tenacity below the surface. You can feel it when you look at her.
I ride because I carry Amy's strength with me, in my heart. I ride because I know there can be more survivors like her. I ride because I know that without science and modern technology, Amy's outcome could have been much different. I ride because I am inspired by the San Diego community, and by our capacity to create a world without cancer. We have a unique setup here in SD: brilliant minds and amazing technology, committed to developing cures for these diseases. I ride because I believe we can achieve our mission: to create a world without cancer.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Let's finish this!
Important Padres Pedal Dates:
Saturday, Sept 1, 2018
Deadline to Commit to Incentive Levels to receive custom apparel by Nov. 17
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018
Saturday, Dec 8, 2018
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100% of the donations raised by Padres Pedal the Cause stay in San Diego to fund life-saving cancer research projects. Learn more by clicking below.
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