Why do you participate in the Ride for Roswell?
To help raise funds to fight this terrible disease which has taken far too many lives including my Dad, family members and many friends. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in March 2021 as well as suffered a stroke four months later. I previously had Malignant Melanoma over 30 years ago, thankfully diagnosed very early.
My boyfriend Jim worked with me to get back in the saddle as I was determined to ride in 2021, roughly a month after the stroke. We both reached the Extra Mile level in 2021 and are shooting for the Peloton in 2022! I never imagined Cancer would happen to me. I am very active, eat well and was into the first year of my retirement when I went for my yearly Mammogram. I am so very thankful to my Doctors and the Staff at Roswell … I am here today, recently celebrating another birthday and prepping for the 2022 Ride For Roswell. I will also continue share my journey with friends and family … about 20 friends scheduled their Mammograms with good results!! Jim and my daughters Kristin and Kathryn have been my rocks during this journey. I hope to be there for anyone who needs support or just a friend!
What is your favorite part about Ride weekend?
For several years I volunteered on race day at the start gate or rode. Always exciting to cheer on the participants! The opening ceremonies including watching the Peloton riders arrive at UB was very emotional for me in 2021, just months after going through a whirlwind of being diagnosed, surgery, treatments and subsequent stroke. The feel of “community” was so prevalent!
What have you been doing to raise funds for the Ride?
I started fundraising on my birthday in January via Facebook and Instagram. I will continue to update on social media and will plan a fundraising event.