Today was such a beautiful day for riding and I am so extremely thankful for the opportunity to do so. I actually had some flashbacks from my military service today.
I remember being in a submarine submerged for months at a time, some of the images that were on my mind frequently (when I was in places that shall remain secrets) were images that were mentioned in the song America the Beautiful. I used to hear those words and reflect upon the many things that I have seen across this great country of ours.
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!, America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!
Listening to these words, helped me justify why I was willing to take the oath to support and defend (even if it meant the ultimate sacrifice).
It was this same oath that woke me up as to why I needed to submerge myself in the war against cancer.
It was 1999 and I was at the start line for the Ride for Roswell, I was immersed in a sea of people that all had these stories about their loved ones that had been taken by this disease or were currently in the fight. As I was standing there and witnessing the tears streaming, the words of my military oath popped into my head. “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” All enemies, foreign and domestic! As I realized the statistics of all of the people that were being attacked by cancer with one in three women and one in two men, I quickly realized that the biggest enemy our world has ever faced is cancer!
I took a new oath that day in 1999 and it was one that I have lived for the past 15 years. I am fully committed to this fight and ever single one of my fellow citizens that is taken or attacked by this blasted enemy just gives me more resolve to fight harder.
If I am going to be in a fight, I want the best weapons available. I believe that the researchers at Roswell have the potential to develop those weapons, but……they need financing to do it. That is where we come in………
In the words of one of my hero’s – Mother Theresa – “I can not do what you can do, you can not do what I can do, but together we can make a difference.” Let us begin!
One thought on “2014 Day 3 Reflection on why I Ride”
Thanks for doing this and calling attention to the Ride for Roswell and the cutting edge research being done at Roswell Park. Next year I will celebrate 30 years cancer free and words can’t express how grateful I am to still be here. Keep fighting the good fight and enjoy the rest of your ride.
R4R EMC member