I'm not sure if anyone will read this blog -- but what the heck...
Today was the Ride To Conquer Cancer - a day my mom was training and aiming for! Mom always had a goal - something to focus on, something to look forward to, something to get her moving on those days she just didn't feel well. The ride was an absolute incredible experience - almost like therapy. We biked 117km the first day and 100km the second day! There were some big climbs and fast descents! I didn't get off my bike once (except for at the designated rest stops of course!). As I huffed and puffed my way up the hills, fighting the urge to jump off my bike, I just kept thinking - Mom LOVED hills. She did - truly! It was where she left everyone in the dust and she knew it! She shone on hills (literally and metaphorically). Mom was with us all; she was riding tandem on my bike (you just couldn't see her). There were tons of smiles, lots of tears and a lot of stories shared.
Mom would have been so insanely proud of us!!!
THANK YOU for the incredible outpouring of support to my family these past few weeks, months and even years. You have lifted us and carried us during some of the most difficult times. THANK YOU to those who supported the Honey Badgers. This was a ride and a cause my mom held near and dear to her heart - obviously for her own struggles but also for many friends affected. She would want us to continue the fight against cancer...sooo...we all signed up again today for the 2014 ride!!!
There will be a celebration of life for Mom held at the Calgary Winter Club on September 4th at 2pm. Mom wanted a party - so a party it will be. Please dress in Hawaiian garb - yes it's true - mom loved Hawaii!!
Last years ride!
Mom's story of courage and determination made the front page of the Calgary Herald yesterday!
I stopped at this store in Turner Valley to buy a sunflower - unfortunately they were sold out!!!
THE HONEY BADGERS!
Boomer in his Honey Badger shirt at the finish line
218kms for MOM!!!