I started riding when I was only 4 years old because I saw my parents ride, it looked like fun, and I really wanted to do the same thing. I asked them to let me do it, and even though I was still on training wheels, they did! The are many reasons I ride now and why the Ride is important to me. It gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself and to contribute to something really great. I now know how the Ride benefits all of the patients at Roswell, and this is the motivation that pushes me to raise more and more each year. I want to reach out to the patients at Roswell and let them know that everyone at the Ride is here for them.
My favorite part about the Ride Weekend is the community of riders and participants that are there to cheer each other on. From the beginning of the Ride to the end, with cowbells and everything, they let you know that they are there to support and appreciate what you are doing.
To raise funds for the Ride, I have done many things over the past few years – from selling baked goods to asking my family and friends to donate to my ride instead of giving me birthday presents. This year I have many ideas planned, including creating commissioned artwork, selling crafts and other homemade goods, and many other ideas that are still being put into action. This year I plan to use my creativity to come up with many different ways that I can make money and achieve my goal!