This October I will be riding in the Ride For Roswell Boston Hills event. It is a 38-mile ride that takes you over 6 climbs and around 2,500 feet of elevation gain. Climbing can often be painful, and lead to what cyclists call "suffering." However, this is nothing like the suffering that cancer patients go through each and every day from their diagnosis, through treatment, and further. I have seen too much of cancer in my life, and felt its effects through family, friends, and even in people whom I don't even know. Some of the people who have been affected by this horrible disease are my mother Rose, both my maternal grandparents Rose and Dominic, my Aunt Linda, my Uncle Dominic, and a family friend Jim Harrington.
Most recently, my mother (who I attribute and dedicate each race/ride/goal completion to), has met with a cancer support group in which is very involved with helping one another through treatment, and survivorship. Unfortunately, one of their friends Monica Ross, whom I have never had the pleasure of meeting found that her breast cancer has returned. While there are no answers to why this disease has returned to such a wonderful person, the only reaction is to fight it. I am dedicating my ride in Monica's honor, in hopes to raise awareness for the disease so we can end it for Monica, and for everyone else.
Let's get rid of this disease once and for all! Thank you.