My first ride!
This is my first year to ride but not my first year involved at the Courage Classic. I have had some role in the Courage Classic for several years, but this year I will challenge myself in a whole new way by getting on a bike for the first time in decades.
My son Daniel has conquered the ride for the past couple years as a teen Cancer Survivor and I have watched him with pride and utter amazement. As healthy young man I have seen him ride with relative ease, post Cancer treatement and transplant recovery. I am aware that ease is anything than what I will experience throughout my riding this ride, which is exactly why I will train and ride it. It will remind me what my boy went through for all his days and months of strugglinig during Leukemia and a Bone Marrow transplant and all of its residual side effects he had to endure. It will remind me how far he has come from his endless days on the 7th floor and how far he has gone in the past 5 years.
He will not ride this year because he is living his best life away at a summer job doing exactly what he dreamed he could and only because what CCBD has allowed him to do... LIVE his best life.
So this year I will ride for Daniel and with every stride and every ache and every accomplishment I feel, but most for every dollar I raise, I will remember how far we still need to go for every child still fighting the horrible beast called Childhood Cancer.
We need the money that Wheels of Justice raises for wellness support for patients and families, as well as crucial reasearch dollars for CCBD specifically. Evert dollar is going that extra mile to help those diagnosed every day. In fact every two minutes.
Come ride, come cheer, come hold a sign, please donate your dollars and support my ride. All of these things matter to me. This is why I ride.