On May 1st in New york city over 32,000 cyclist set off on a bike ride like no other through the 5 boroughs of New York City. Imagine riding your bike with not a single car in sight, 42 miles of car-free city streets for your cycling pleasure. The TD Bank 5 Boro’s ride made that possible. Amid those 32,000 cyclist were 154 incredibly dedicated “cancer warriors” ready and willing to spread the word about the LIVESTRONG mission. Led by Team co-captains Michael Wolf and Colleen O’Farrell, the grassroots team pedaled their way through bike jams, pot holes ,strong head winds, crashes and several challenging bridge crossings, knowing that at the finish line they would feel the accomplishment of raising over $100,000 for LIVESTRONG. Though there were many challenging obstacles faced by all the cyclists, it only served to drive home the fact that everyday in this country millions of people face their own challenging battle against the disease of cancer.
Doing what you can, when you can is what makes any grassroots effort a success. The 154 people who joined us in that mission on Sunday May 1st should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished. I was humbled and proud to be a part of such a dedicated and compassionate group of riders.
I would be remiss if I did not mention our largest fund raiser Bob Baumann who raised more than $13,000 for this event. Bravo Bob, you make us proud. On a personal note I’d like to thank my husband Bill for that last push up and over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Staten Island and the finish, to me that’s worth another 28 years of marriage! LIVESTRONG and keep fighting my friends!