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.
Way to go Brad! · 1 year ago
So sorry I could not join you, but I have been following you each step and praying every day for your trip. · 1 year ago
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! · 1 year ago
Incredible what you are doing Brad! · 1 year ago
Ride strong. Eat lots. Stay alert. Honor Barb! · 1 year ago
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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) · 1 year ago
Hi Brad, what you are doing for your sister and for other victims of this cancer is so good! I see a lot of love between the two of you and I can imagine she is going to love you even more for what you're doing. Great job! - Anirudh Nadkarni · 1 year ago