2014 New York to Niagara Falls – A mission of hope and love of life

I knew today was going to be an emotional day for me, but I expected it to be emotional at the beginning of the day and not the end of the day.  This morning at Battery Park with the Statue of Liberty in the background was very special. Being there to start the journey with my sister and mother made it extra special. 

I am so thankful for those that have donated to my Ride for Roswell. Every donation (and story that comes with it) is fuel in my tank to keep going regardless of the challenges and obstacles I will face.  The challenges I am facing pale in comparison to what people who are currently going through treatment are dealing with.  I was so reminded of cancer experience for both patients and their loved ones as I spent some time tonight with three sisters who are camped next to us at this campground.

Each of the three sisters that I spent some time with tonight have been diagnosed with cancer and one of them (Susan) is currently going thru treatment, which is why they are staying at this campground.  They were all curious why I was dressed up in ride gear, with a big sign on my back saying that I was riding to cure cancer.  I was so proud to tell them of the research that was going on at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and share with them the true hope that I have about the future of cancer as we know it.  We made a lasting impression on each other tonight and I have added three more honor cards to my backpack.

Cancer will not win!

Tomorrow I celebrate life with another 70 miles or so.  Can’t wait to meet more great people and beautiful scenery in the great State of New York.

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God Speed!

2014 T minus 2 days and counting………..

Today is the day!  I will be heading to the first overnight spot today just North of New York City on the Hudson.  Every year I do my own personal Ride for Roswell either before or after the event.  On Sunday, May 18th I will be leaving Battery Park in New York City and begin my journey to Niagara Falls New York.  Five hundred beautiful miles through the Empire State  along the Hudson River and the Erie Canal.   From the Statue of Liberty to the home of our nations first comprehensive cancer research center in Buffalo.

We are doing some final packing of the camper, should be heading out this afternoon.   Waiting in anticipation to see if my star driver from my road crew will be able to make it.  Last night we found out that the great lady that will be driving my truck and camper from site to site may not be able to come.  She just had an urgent family medical emergency come up.   We are working on Plan B and praying for Plan A.  A passage from my morning read was so appropriate –

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

I am so tired of cancer and the toll it is taking on my friends, my neighbors and my community.  Looking forward to riding, celebrating life and doing something to punch cancer back.