Last Sunday, my family and I participated in the Cycle for Survival fund raiser for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at the Equinox in downtown Chicago. This fund raiser has grown into a two-day event in Chicago with sites in 18 other cities. We were among more than 450 other riders who showed up at 8:00 AM on a Sunday with the sole purpose to ride, sweat like crazy, and raise money for cancer research. The energy in the room was overwhelming and I was reduced to tears several times...in gratitude.
As most of you know, last year I was too sick to participate, so Wynn, Nathan, and Nina joined my extended family on Wynn's side to ride in this event. This year I was healthy and strong enough to ride and together Team SHEADE raised nearly $7,300!
I was asked to address the crowd and say a few words during the event. Although Nina came with me to be my support, I was so nervous I forgot to mention a few things:
- I'd like my family to know how fortunate I feel to be a member of a family that, not only stands behind each and every member, but one that is strong...strong enough to band together to raise and support a wounded member during challenging times. Thank you and I love you all so much!
- Being able to ride on Sunday, I am living proof (literally) that great strides have been made in the understanding and treatment of cancer. These new treatments would not be available without private donations supporting the scientists that make them possible. There is still so much to learn.
- I'm a non-smoker with lung cancer...a never-smoker. Two-thirds of us are non-smokers.
- A big 'THANKS' to Becca for organizing the family this year. (It was probably a little like herding cats.)
Riders: Becca, Devin, Jori, Jayme, Andy, Eudice, Harold, Caitlyn, Larry, Leslie, Bruce, Tracey, Nathan, Nina and me. Enthusiastic supporters: Bob, Jake, Livvy and Wynn.
WE HAD A BLAST!
The women of Team SHEADE:L > R: Caitlyn, Becca, Nina, Jori, Me, Leslie, Eudice, Tracey, Livvy, Jayme
|Eudice and Bob (Bob got us started last year with Cycle for Survival)|
|Our nephew, Larry, and his fiance, Leslie|
|Nina and me|
|Our nephew, Harold|
|Tracey and Bruce's head (Together with Jake and Livvy, they drove up from St. Louis to ride with us!)|
|Our niece, Jayme, and Devin, our niece, Becca's, husband|
|Nathan and Jayme's husband, Andy|
Our team had two bikes this year so we were able to ride in pairs.
|Post-ride lunch for most of us. (Bob took this picture.)|
Jori took most all of these photos. Thanks, Jori!