Tomorrow some Broadstreeters will be riding 25, 50, 75 or even 100 miles in Pelotonia. Others riding 155 and 180 miles will spend Saturday night at Kenyon College and continue the second portion of the ride on Sunday. The latter won’t be in worship with us on Sunday. But they will be involved in a spiritual practice. This week I asked a few of them “why?” Why are you riding this year?
Susan says, “…Cancer just seems to be everywhere, impacting everybody. In the last months I have witnessed one friend lose her fight with cancer, another end her treatment, and yet another begin hers… Being in the presence of those struggling with cancer, I have witnessed unbelievable courage, resilience, faith, and inimitable strength which have influenced my own resolve to do what I can in this fight. So …riding my bicycle 50 miles…and raising $1250 to support the researchers who stand a chance to find cures, seems the least I can do.”
Rick says, “My children.
Riding by this husband @ mile #80 something.
Cancer’s life needs to end.”
Sean says, “…the cause is near and dear to my heart…grandmothers, grandfather, and close family friends have all been affected by cancer in some form or another…the combination of the personal physical challenge, the camaraderie with my family and friends who are also participating and the cause all became important components and motivators. Additionally – I quickly came to [consider] the long rides with my Dad out in the Ohio countryside …a version of sacred space.”
Jim says, “… for the past three years I have ridden and was inspired to ride as a tribute to my wife who is a Cancer survivor. …[D]ue to health concerns and a failure to get sufficiently in shape, I have opted to be a “virtual rider” and let my supporters know that I will not be on the road… I will be praying for an uneventful ride once again this Saturday/Sunday; patience for those drivers who may be inconvenienced for a few minutes to allow for the safety of the bike riders; for those researchers who will benefit from the funds raised; for each of those who has suffered, is suffering, or has lost the battle with cancer; and for an increased awareness of the public of the need to support medical research…”
Ginny says, “It is hard to sum up my reasons and emotions for Pelotonia…I can tell you I have big tears in my eyes right now just thinking about it! Pelotonia is one of the greatest things I have ever been a part of …to fundraise, train and complete something that makes such a difference in research and healing and curing…is amazing! …Imagine bikers as far as you can see in quiet motion, just the sound of the whizzing tires, starting down High Street as the day is …waking up…People line the streets all along the way cheering, holding up signs: “Thank you for helping to save my Mommy.” …It’s not just the riders that count! There are so many volunteers and supporters financially and physically who make up this huge effort! It is such an honor and thrill to participate. I hope I am able to do it for many years to come.”
Carol says “I want to be part of a community with one goal…. Beating cancer!!! I hope this ride will give hope to those in need of a cure.”
Bill says: “I am convinced that one of God’s miracles to us daily is the wonder of research like that being done to crack the code on cancer – in all of its mutations. It touches us all and I have felt it. I ride because we have created something in Columbus that allows us to put a shining light on those miracles. And I ride for some very special people to my wife and me.”
In its first six rides, Pelotonia raised more than $82 million for cancer research. Tomorrow and Sunday, let’s keep the riders in our prayers, and all cancer survivors…as well as those struggling with cancer today.
Thanks be to God for each and every person giving their time, energy, money and prayers to our community’s Pelotonia effort to ‘crack the code’ on cancer.