The ride is in memory of my sister Barb who was promoted to heaven on May 17, 2018, after a 6.5-year battle with melanoma. It is also in honor of my sister-in-law Monica Pollen who continues the battle against melanoma and breast cancer. Barb & I planned the ride and she bought the bike I will be using for the ride.
The ride is epic but, so little compared to fighting melanoma and other cancers. The fight against cancer is physically, emotionally and spiritually draining. Even the diagnosis of cancer can rock your world. Seeing the battle up close and personal is absolutely brutal.
My sister’s favorite number was 4 because she was born on 4/4. In fact, she turned 44 on 4/4/4 which is the source of the goal.
My sister Barb was one tough cookie. Sweet and wonderful on the outside but strong and tenacious on the inside. It is a surprising combination both in a cookie and a person. Just like baking a cookie, her cancer was like refining fire, like gold being refined, all that does not matter was burned off and only the pure brightness of gold or in her case the inner being remained. She came out a shining light. She was one tough cookie.
Have a safe journey. Go Team Barbie!
Wish we could be there in person. Sending our love & support to Team Barbie! - THE SQUAD (Kim Rich Steven CC Jen Nicole Mike Peter Elisabeth Jordan Kevin Lindsay Megan Alex Madeline Ryan P Luke Ali Pojo Steph, Luke Ryan H Meredith Aaron & Sam)
Very impressive. I'm sure it'll be an amazing journey. Stay safe out on the road.
Stay safe on your ride, Bro and hope to meet up with you at some point of your journey!
Barbie was the kindest, sweetest person and a great cousin! Miss her so much and admire how well she lived with cancer.
I am amazed at your ability to ride so far! Barbie was too.
Be safe and enjoy!
Good luck with the ride, Brad! Such an awesome thing you're doing.
Enjoy your ride Bro!
Safe travels. Hope that we will be able to follow you. Barb always talked about your rides. Bob Stigler, Larry Tarnowski, Mellanie Mercier, Bonnie & Dave Mead.
Go Brad, our prayers are with you every mile.