The Cambridge Dictionary defines awareness as:
noun – UK /əˈweə.nəs/ US /əˈwer.nəs/
Knowledge that something exists, or understanding of a situation or subject at the present time based on information or experience.
Today I am taking a short break from my quest to bring awareness to the needs of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) patients and research to raise it for a variety of other causes. Most of these have crossed paths with my life in one way or another. What is daunting is there are so many that create unwanted change and heartache for too many. What is daunting is that God uses so many opportunities to show us how to have faith, love for one another, and to grow.
Today starts the sign up for The Great Cycle Challenge 2017. I participated in this event for the first time last year, and as a promise to someone who has inspired me, I will be riding to raise funds for cancer research, specifically for children, once again in 2017. This will actually run concurrently with my ride across America in June (this one’s a virtual ride), so I am pretty sure I will meet the mileage goal. Molly Widner is someone who left this earth way too early but in her short time here, she was a huge model of faith and courage and has left an indelible mark. This one’s for her!
If MS or pediatric cancer aren’t your thing, there are so many other organizations who need your help. About 8 months ago, I rode my bike 10 miles every hour for 24 hours and called out one every hour. If you missed it, here are some of my favorites.
Great Cycle Challenge 2017 – for Molly
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – for Danielle
American Heart Association – For Dad
American Cancer Society – For Mom
Pink Heals – Napa Valley – For Jennie
Neurofibramatosis Network – For Tom and Laura
Of course there’s always… Bike the US for MS
And another option to make a difference…other folks raising funds for good causes:
Napa Valley Community Connections – Mentorship program for at-risk youth – Go April!
Milan’s Medical Fund – Feel better Milan!
Organ Donation Awareness Run – Go Penni!
American Heart Association Cycle Nation Event – Go KP and Andi!
Best Buddies Challenge – Go Shaully!
Avon 39 – Walk to End Breast Cancer – Go Cathleen!
After all the heavy heartedness of looking into these, you can relax or feel comfy by connecting to any one or all of these if it moves you:
Victoria Bartelt, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant – Pamper yourself
Lucky Guy Bakery – Yummy post ride (or anytime) snacks.
LuLa Roe – Comfy clothes
One Beaded Sister – Good looking jewelry
Irwin Family Vineyards – My new favorite…The Bull
And save the date…April 18. I will be partnering with the Hop Creek Pub to host a dine and donate benefitting Bike the Us for MS.
Thank you for being good humans!