On Saturday, I will be riding in my first century ride, the Sea Gull Century, a 100-mile bike ride around the eastern shore of Maryland. I have been training for this event all summer, and as you have seen in past posts, I have had many obstacles. My goal is to complete the full 100 miles. Whether I do it or not is another story.
I am riding in this event as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Program. I am also riding this event in memory of my Uncle Eddie, my dad's twin brother, who died of Hodgkins Lymphoma before I was born. Eddie was only 24 years old when he lost his battle with Hodgkins. I have always felt a special bond w/ Eddie, even though I never met him. My parents tell me that I inherited his fair skin, his light hair, and his artistic nature. We also share the same birthday. In 1969, the survival rate for Hodgkins was very low. Today, it is one of the most curable forms of cancer.
You should have seen my mom searching for the perfect picture of Eddie for me to wear during the Dublin Marathon. This was one of her favorites and was taken during their honeymoon before he was diagnosed.
As I do with all of my races, I will be wearing Eddie's picture on my back. He and all the others affected by blood cancers will be riding with me on Saturday. One hundred miles is hard. One hundred miles will take close to 9 hours to complete. However, 100 miles is nothing compared chemotherapy and the struggles people face battling cancer. I can do this. I will do this.