Today I finally worked up the courage to sign up for the Closer to Free ride. In September I’ll be riding my bike 100 miles to raise money for cancer research and care. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m surprised at how nervous I was just to take the first step into this large endeavor.
Part of the reason I hesitated is because it’s still hard for me to talk about how cancer has touched my life. I’ve lost three grandparents to cancer, two other relatives are survivors, and one friend is currently fighting a battle with cancer. All in all I’ve felt powerless to help my loved ones and their caretakers, so when I saw this opportunity to participate in Closer to Free it felt like I finally found something I could do to help others who have been through this.
A bike ride is also somewhat symbolic for me because riding my bike is one of the places I feel most quiet, mindful, and free. I often imagine God riding along with me in the silence, and the longer the ride the easier this becomes so 100 miles should be beautiful. This is also an opportunity for me to take my personal loss and turn it into something positive and life giving. I’m looking forward to riding with a team, aptly named “Live Positive”, and I’m excited to be able to share this experience with other riders.
Please cheer me on, and support me with your prayers. If you are interested you can donate to Closer to Free through this link: http://www.rideclosertofree.org/participant/srmandy