I’ve shared a few stories of this past weekend with Team LIVESTRONG up at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic with a few of our colleagues and have been encouraged to share with you as well.
With everything going on, it was a trip that provided me with much needed perspective. The people that join us on Team LIVESTRONG now are more passionate than ever, and they are behind our mission 100%. They signed up for the event because they have a story – the stories are amazing – and they want to be a part of something bigger. Our work gives them that platform and they are fired up about it. This is the message we shared with them after the ride:
“You all raised more than $65,000 to support anyone affected by cancer through LIVESTRONG’s free services and programs. And, something that I think is really important – You inspired somebody. You let someone know there can be life after cancer, and you rode your bike after being cancer free for 1 year. You got on your bike after losing your wife in early March, and rode 50 hard miles in her honor. You showed your two little girls that their Dad can still ride, and that cancer swung and missed. You let someone know that stage 4 colon cancer was only a short chapter in your book, and you are still strong. You let friends, colleagues and family know that you were riding in honor of your best friend, your mom, your dad, your brother, your boss, and everyone else that you know who has been affected by cancer. You let them know that you ride because you can, and you won’t let anything slow you down. You inspired the community of Durango by keeping 50% of your dollars raised locally to support those in the Southwest Colorado community affected by cancer. I can’t thank you enough for all that you did, and all that you continue to do.”
This is just a fraction of the people who believe in the work we do. They are out there, and they are not going anywhere. My words don’t really describe the amount of love and support we felt up there, but it was there. They love that we are making a difference for those going through the fight of a lifetime. They know because we were there for them, and they know someone else needs us right now too.