Why I'm Riding
Dec 30, 2013
Teams are made up of individuals. Without them, there is no team.
Cancer hasn't been stopped, so I can't either. Which is why I am fundraising and training with Team in Training once again. Here is my story.
In August of 2003, my father-in-law, James J Haslett passed away after battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Forever our lives were touched by blood cancer. Up until that point I had never known anyone with leukemia or lymphoma. I didn't know that almost 45,000 people a year are diagnosed with leukemia a year or that over 660,000 people are living with lymphoma.
I hoped that would be the last we heard of this horrid disease, but it was not. In December of last year, my wonderful friend's daughter 14-year-old Summer Ostinato, passed away after a brief and intense battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Just this year as I began my training for my first TNT event, Amy Goller, the owner of our favorite yarn store was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.
And in November of 2011, my own Dad, Ron Weidemann was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma. It is a blood cancer of the lymph nodes. Currently there is no cure and his oncologist is taking a wait and see approach before beginning any treatment.
This year, I am taking on Leukemia and Lymphoma and joining with one of the largest teams out there working to cure these diseases. On June 14 I am going to be riding my bike 100 miles in the Big Mac Scenic Shoreline Tour. You can follow along with my training at Ride Over Cancer.
I need your help to sponsor me as I raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In the past 60 years they have invested $875 million to research cancer treatments. 78.1% of the money that they raise goes towards research, patient and community services, advocacy, and education.
I have set a goal of raising $50 for every mile that I am riding. Please sponsor one of my miles!
I ride in memory of James J Haslett and Summer Ostinato. I ride in honor of Ron Weidemann, and Amy Goller. Please give a little. Please give a lot. Give whatever you can. Thank you.