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.
As this disease has affected my family, I couldn’t be more supportive of your efforts. Go Brad!!!
Thank you Mara Darrow for helping with this and sharing it on Facebook
In memory of my son, Jeff, who lost his battle with melanoma 5 years ago, age 30.
Such a great cause!
I commend you Brad, truly amazing!
As an avid biker and a sister who lost her brother to melanoma your story touches the hearts of many. Thank you for honoring your sister Barbie and for all those who have lost their battle to melanoma. May your journey be safe and bring you peace.
Ride strong. Eat lots. Stay alert. Honor Barb!
TEAM BARBIE: So Very inspiring! With admiration & Continued prayers for safety along your Epic Coast to Coast Adventure: Your Fellow Independents & Family's (Tim, Tom & Dave)
Keep it up Brad!
Brad, an epic ride for a great cause! There will be some long days and tough moments, but enjoy the ride and the amazing scenery and people you will encounter along the way. Most of the roads you'll only bike once in a lifetime so savor each day's ride.
Barbie was the kindest, sweetest person and a great cousin! Miss her so much and admire how well she lived with cancer.
Stay safe on your ride, Bro and hope to meet up with you at some point of your journey!
Very impressive. I'm sure it'll be an amazing journey. Stay safe out on the road.
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)
Have a safe journey. Go Team Barbie!
Thinking of you often Brad. You go guy.
So inspirational! Best of luck on your journey Brad!
Safe travels on this journey!
You’re an inspiration - keep it up!
You are an inspiration to so many Brad just as I know your sister was. We are cheering for you!
Way to go Brad!
Love following your journey cross country. Donating in honor of my late husband also a victim of melanoma, Paul Eklund, the Paul in our team, Paul's Peeps. God speed in your efforts!
Incredible what you are doing Brad!
Withing you a great adventure full of amazing experiences!
We are cheering for you Brad! Hope to see you when you stop in WI.
Go Brad, our prayers are with you every mile.
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.
Enjoy your ride Bro!
Good luck with the ride, Brad! Such an awesome thing you're doing.
Be safe and enjoy!
I am amazed at your ability to ride so far! Barbie was too.