Patricia Carroll

Patricia Carroll
Riding in memory of Joseph "Pat" Carroll
Cancer is the biggest killer of kids from disease in the USA, 38 children die every week. Please donate now and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer!
I've Ridden 600.5 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 8th
  • State: 1st in NV
I've raised $20,265.25 My goal is $21,000 Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Joseph "Pat" Carroll

Joseph "Pat" Carroll

I am dedicating my 5th year participating in this event to my Father, Pat Carroll, on the 5 year anniversary of his passing from Leukemia. He didn't have to die as quickly as he did, so my mission this year is about encouragement. Encouraging those fighting cancer to keep fighting the fight. My mission is to fight right along side these little warriors to help them live longer lives. #GCCStrong

My Story

23 Jun 2020

This June I am taking part in my 5th Great Cycle Challenge to fight childhood cancer! I love participating in this event. It combines two of my favorite passions- cycling, and fighting for a worthy cause that will have an impact on kids. I hate to see kids suffering, and I just want to do my part to help kid's fighting cancer have a better chance to live a longer life.

So I am raising funds through my challenge to help these kids and support Children's Cancer Research Fund to allow them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

Please support me by making a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Your support will change little lives.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,


My Challenge

  • $20,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $20,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 50 days ago
  • 24.0 mi ride - Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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  • My sponsors
    30 Sep 2020

    On this last day of September I dedicate this final ride to my sponsors. I could not do what I do without you. I am humbled by the support I receive, year after year. There about 40-50 people who have sponsored me for the past 5 years. Together we continue to do our part to help children fighting cancer. Thank you for your donations. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Thank you for liking a tribute or for sharing one with others. Thank you for helping me have these kid’s backs.


    Posted 63 days ago
  • 24.5 mi ride - Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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  • Kourtney Lindsey
    29 Sep 2020

    Today I am riding for Kourtney Lindsey, the student I mentioned on the news broadcast that inspired my journey down this road. Kourtney was in 8th grade my first year at Mendive, in the 2013-14 SY. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in 7th grade. I didn’t know her “pre-cancer” but I saw a school picture from the year before. When I met her she did not resemble the healthy girl of her past. She had lost weight. She had lost her hair. It had to be shocking to her and her friends when she returned for 8th grade.

    I signed up for Kourtney because I was so impressed by her. I was impressed by her tenacity, and determination. I was impressed that she had a smile on her face every day. I was impressed she just wanted to be in school.

    Side effects of the cancer left her with an unsteady gait, and migraines; however, she was in school every day and fought us if we suggested she rest in the nurses office or go home early. She wouldn't let anything get in the way of her grades or school work, and I often found motivation to do things I didn't want to because of her. When I first signed up, it was because of her and my images of her fighting the fight, and just wanting to “live”.

    I was also impressed by the small group of girls who took care of her at school. I can’t remember their names, but I was just as in awe of them as I was of her. This is the impact of teaming in MS. These girls on her team did not let her down, ever. They helped her through the crowded halls, they nade sure she ate lunch, and reported when they were worried about her, because they knew she wouldn’t tell anyone if she didn’t feel well.

    In 9th grade Kourtney moved to a Charter school because Reed HS was just too big for her to handle. Her mom brought her in to get her records, and I was so happy to see her and to see she was still just as focused on school as ever. After that, l lost track of where she was or how she was doing. I can only hope and imagine she is doing well. I think I would have learned if she weren’t.

    So today, I ride for Kourtney. For the spunky, devoted, hard working, smiling MS girl that I knew. I think of you every spring when I embark on this journey, and say a pray you are doing well. Forever in my heart, Ms. Carroll.


    Posted 65 days ago
  • Jo
    29 Sep 2020

    Meet Jo Venderbeek. Jo is a retired elementary school teacher, having taught for 31 years. She taught at Greenbrae and Whitehead after settling in NV from Michigan with her husband, Hank.

    I met Jo when PC and I got together as Pat and Hank are very good friends. They worked together for years, first at Dilworth, and then at Mendive. Hank was named the first principal and brought Pat along to help open the school. When we have been at events together, I’ve looked to both of them for advice. I’ve heard from a reliable source 😉 (PC), that Jo played a big part in Hank’s success as the principal. He would often get her (teacher’s) perspective on ideas prior to implementing them with staff. If Jo didn’t think it would work, it didn’t happen.

    This past February Jo said to Hank one evening, “we’re going to the emergency room”. She had a pain in her side and knew something wasn’t right. A marshmallow sized ball of tissue was blocking her bladder. The red blob Hank saw on the screen during the ultrasound probably saved Jo’s life. If Jo’s bladder hadn’t been blocked, they might not have learned as quickly that she was unknowingly suffering from bladder cancer.

    Jo has undergone treatment the past 6 months. First a 4 hour surgery, and then 3 rounds of chemo as a precaution. This past Friday Hank and Pat were golfing. Hank shared that if you asked him 6 mo ago if he thought Jo would have been where she is now in her recovery, he wouldn’t have believed it. They took the advice of long time friend, Paul Dugan’s son, an oncologist, for their treatment path. This path has worked, and as a result, Jo was able to ring the cancer bell. 😊

    Today, I rode for Jo and Hank. For all they have been through the past 8 months, and all they will continue to endure, I rode for them. Thank you for being such a big part of the Chaney’s lives, Vanderbeeks, thank you!


    Posted 65 days ago
  • 26.0 mi ride - Monday, September 28, 2020
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  • 34.0 mi ride - Sunday, September 27, 2020
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  • Two moms- Lynne and Glynis
    26 Sep 2020

    I’m combining yesterday’s and today’s rides to two mothers I never met. First, I’m riding for Lynne Hartshorn, Dave’s Mom. Dave and I have been coworkers for the past 7 years. First, as AP’s, and now Dave is the Principal, my boss at a Mendive MS. We have a lot in common: such as biking, me of the road variety, Dave of the mountain; running a school together; and both of us losing a parent to Leukemia just 3 months after the illness was diagnosed. During our time together, we have cultivated the atmosphere of family at Mendive. More now than ever, as we had two previous principals at the helm. Now it’s us (with Cristie😁) and our vision of what family should look like at Mendive.

    The second mom is Glynis Jones, Greg Johnson’s mother. Although I’ve never actually met Greg, we are both part of the GCC family. Greg has helped me with computer glitches over my years participating in GCC. Most recently we were emailing the night before tribute day. Greg was responding at 3 am his time (that’s dedication!) while working the finishing touches from Australia. He shared with me that he was there to be with his mother who has terminal breast cancer. In talking about school, Greg shared with me that Glynis was an educator for the past 20 years, teaching kids from outback Australia to the Middle East.

    So yesterday and today I rode for two mothers I never met, Lynne and Glynis. For their sons, I rode for the families we are apart of, and the commonalities we share. May we continue to be “family”.



    Posted 67 days ago
  • 28.6 mi ride - Saturday, September 26, 2020
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  • 17.5 mi ride - Friday, September 25, 2020
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  • Katie
    25 Sep 2020

    Tomorrow I will be interviewed by Kolo 8 about GCC. As I was reflecting on the bike today about this very scary event, I thought about a young girl’s dream 40 years ago that led to this nation-wide event.

    Thirteen year old Katie Hageboeck of Minnesota was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought for 16 months. When it was evident her time was coming to an end, she requested the money she was saving to buy a 10 speed bike be donated to the University of Minnesota Children’s Cancer Research fund. Her family hosted an event in her honor, “Dawn of a Dream”. It was just the beginning of a dream of a world without cancer.

    Today I rode to honor Katie in the hope of helping make her dream of a cancer-free world for kids come true. #InYourMemoryKatie #ForTheLoveOfCycling🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Posted 69 days ago
  • 15.1 mi ride - Thursday, September 24, 2020
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  • The kids
    24 Sep 2020

    Today I rode for the kids. This is why I do what I do. This is why I am so passionate about fighting childhood cancer. These kids deserve a chance. They deserve cures. They deserve research funds allotted just for them. Rest In Peace, Callie, Nat, and Kendal. Keep fighting the fighting the rest of you little warriors!


    The kids
    Posted 70 days ago
  • 27.5 mi ride - Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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  • $10,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $10,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 70 days ago
  • 22.0 mi ride - Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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  • Judy Weston
    22 Sep 2020

    Meet Judy Weston. Judy is my brother-in-law’s mother. I’ve known her for over 30 years. Judy and her husband Josh are philanthropist. Over the years their foundation has supported a wide range of educational, health, social, and arts organizations; such as: The American Museum of Natural History, National Dance Institute, and the Community Food Bank of NJ. As an educator, I love that they have created scholarships for the students at Montclair HS in New Jersey, where they live.

    Judy and Josh have been extremely generous as donors to my page over the past three years; in addition to their generosity of support about my journey in funding childhood cancer research. Although we are not technically family, I consider us as such.

    I’m riding for Judy today because she has personally confronted cancer. Judy has been fighting reproductive cancer over the past three years. She is one tough lady. She has shown strength and resilience throughout this time, and continues to fight.

    So, today, Judy, for your kindness, for your support, for your own personal battle with cancer, I ride for you. Thank you for setting a fine example of the importance of helping others, being generous, and for supporting what is important to you with conviction. Your children, their spouses, your 8 grandkids, your twin great grandsons, and extended family are with you. Stay strong, Judy, stay strong!


    Judy Weston
    Posted 71 days ago
  • 27.0 mi ride - Ride - Monday, September 21, 2020
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  • Paulette
    20 Sep 2020

    The first thing I saw on my news feed this morning was a reminder that today was a friend’s birthday. I guess it was a sign from heaven that I should ride for her today, as all’s I could think about while riding was Paulette Thompson Clinton. Paulette would have turned 53 today if Metastatic Breast Cancer hadn’t taken her just 15 days before turning 50. Paulette was part of the “Edgehill Street gang” (Of course, I use the word “gang” loosely; and to refer to a diverse group of kids who grew up together during a time we could be referred to as a “gang” 😁) in Syracuse, NY. That is where we met and where some of her long lasting friendships to street mates such as Debbie and Liza began.

    I learned about Paulette’s cancer journey toward the end. Over the course of 17 years, Paulette endured four different cancer diagnoses, starting with breast cancer at 32. During that time she made it her mission to educate, not only herself, but also others on Metastatic Breast Cancer through her blog. I learned a lot about the disease and about the person Paulette grow up to be through her writings. She wanted everyone fighting the disease to be informed of their options, focusing on holistic medicine at the forefront of treatment.

    Paulette was an amazing person who contributed so much to the world in her 49 short years as: a Baptist Minister, a musician, an educator, and a wife and mother. I know many people miss Paulette every day, and probably most of all, her son. So for the the lessons you have taught me on hope, resiliency, faith, and family, Paulette, today my ride was for you. May you continue to shine down on those you left behind.


    Posted 73 days ago
  • 22.0 mi ride - Sunday, September 20, 2020
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  • RBG
    19 Sep 2020

    Striving to be a true professional. Today I ride in honor of Ruth.


    Posted 74 days ago
  • 24.4 mi ride - Saturday, September 19, 2020
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  • Martin Lopez
    18 Sep 2020

    Meet Martin Lopez. Martin was an employee of the WCSD for 15 years. He spent his last 12 years as the Campus Supervisor at Reed HS. He was wildly popular. He formed meaningful connections with students, and was known for the compassion he showed toward both students and staff. I saw some comments from our ex-Mendive students exclaiming how much they were going to miss him, and what a positive role model he had been in their lives. I wish I had had the opportunity to have known him.

    I first learned about Martin’s condition about the second week of August. Martin’s significant other, Christy, works with me at Mendive. She came to admin to let us know she might need to take some time off. Martin found out he had cancer and she was going to go with him to his appointments. She took a few days to be with him, and the next thing I knew, I received a text that he had passed away over night. By the time his cancer was found on August 13th it had already metastasized to his liver. Christy and Martin were told on August 20th that he had 3-6 months to live, not the 14 days he lasted after his diagnosis at 52.

    Martin was a father of three, and loved every minute he got to spend with his children. He loved sports and when Christy took him to the celebrity golf tournament, he was in heaven. He loved trees. So much so that he convinced Christy to keep their tree up. It is still standing today. 🌲🎄😜

    When I asked Christy about him, I could hear how much she cared about him in her words. She sounded so happy describing him, and everything he loved about life. Martin sounds like he was just an amazingly special individual, who loved taking care of people, and found so much joy in doing so.

    Today I rode for Martin and Christy. Martin, for all the good you have done in this world and for the WCSD students and staff, I rode for you. Christy, for all you have been through, for the kick ass job you do every day at work while grieving, no less, I also rode for you. May you and his children continue to heal from the tremendous loss of Martin.


    Martin Lopez
    Posted 75 days ago
  • 31.0 mi ride - Recumbent 😕 - Friday, September 18, 2020
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  • 29.5 mi ride - Recumbent ride - Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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  • My big sissy, Deb
    16 Sep 2020

    Yesterday I was going to dedicate my ride to my big sister, Deb; but it wasn’t meant to be. So today I ride for her.

    As a kid, I looked up to Debbie. She was an All American college swimmer when I was just 12 swimming for the Chargers, and I knew I wanted to be just like her. She took care of me, sending me care packages from college, instead of the other way around- who does that? She has always taken care of all of us, following in Grandma Arkles footsteps as the organizer and care taker of the family. 😜 If something needs to be done, Deb just does it. No questions asked, nothing expected or wanted in return. She is generous beyond generous. She is kind, considerate, and has a heart of gold. She is the best big sister anyone could ask for, and as one of my most loyal supporters of GCC, she keeps me going. My sense of giving was definitely influenced by her.

    In 2016 Deb was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. This was scary to me because I couldn’t imagine if the treatments didn’t work. None of us could. She is the rock of the family. Luckily the treatments did work, and she is now cancer-free. She is hoping she is cleared at her next check-up to be able to donate blood, as previously she was not eligible.

    I could write pages and pages about Deb, all good of course. 😉 I will say, what I love the most about my sister is her commitment to our family. We can often text an entire day (with our other two sisters) about the silly things that happened growing up. About our memories of family. About what is happening in our “worlds”, and that time is priceless to me. Being 3,000 miles away that sister connection time is the best.

    So, Deb, for all you have done for me, for our family, and for all the fantastic memories: Puffs, Grandma and Grandpas, homemade applesauce, an evening at Art’s Jug and a sleep over at 378, visits to Aunt Helen, holidays, twins time, nieces, Skaneateles Lake, the endless texts on significant dates...the list goes on, this ride is for you. As I sit on the bike, I am smiling under my mask at all of the memories, and thankful for you. Finally, to end this only how grandma could, “Grandma”, click. Thanks, Deb, for being you!


    My big sissy, Deb
    Posted 77 days ago
  • Not today, but soon 🚴‍♀️💪
    15 Sep 2020

    Well...I’ve been waiting for this day for months. I’ve been so excited to ride 57 miles today. At first, I was planning my route; and then began planning how many t-shirts and face masks I’d bring to the gym, as I was resigned to the fact I’d be riding inside due to heavy smoke.

    Unfortunately I won’t be riding at all. That hip injury I mentioned earlier flared up last night while, of all things, brushing the dog’s teeth. 😕

    But, the fundraising must go on! I’ve been planning on donating an additional $57 for every donation or jewelry sale I bring in today for turning, what feels like 100 right now, 57. So, help me out folks!! I’m sitting at $285 right now, and am hoping for at least 5 more donations today. No matter the amount, I’m in for $57!

    Help make this sad girl’s day. You can take the girl off her bike, but can’t take the fight out of the girl!


    Posted 78 days ago
  • Daddy
    14 Sep 2020

    Today would have been my father’s 87th birthday. The last time I saw my dad was Thanksgiving 2014. He wasn’t feeling well, and hadn’t been for months. He ignored his doctor when he told him he was anemic in the summer, even though their was strong evidence to support this claim. By Christmas he was diagnosed with Leukemia, and by February 2015 I was flying home to his funeral.

    One of the best things about my dad was his love of celebrating dates. He loved St.Patrick’s Day, my parents Anniversary, holidays, and most importantly, his birthday. I was fortunate to participate in these celebrations with him, as I was his 30th birthday present. I loved this bond we shared that was only ours. It made me feel so very special; and although it gets easier, why celebrating mine without him is hard.

    Over the years, when we were together, we celebrated with dinner and drinks. The milestones- 30/60; 40/70; 50/80- were bashes with our friends and family with my dad playing Dixieland jazz with his band. The years we didn’t celebrate in person, we shared a birthday phone call. This is one of the things I miss most. That phone call. So today, this would have been our phone call.

    “Happy Birthday, Dad!!!”

    “Happy Birthday to you, Treesha!”

    “What are you doing today?”

    “Well, it was a little cold, but Mommy, Cindy, Lou, Deb, Ron, and I all went to Sue’s for a barbecue yesterday. Butch made some salmon on the grill with some Utica greens and salt potatoes. So, tonight Mommy is going to take me to the Scotch for dinner. We’ll swing by the Darkhorse for a drink on the way. What are you doing tomorrow?”

    “Well, I sort of have a big day planned. I took a day off to ride 57 miles for my challenge. Then Pat and I are going to play cards, and relax with Buddy. Amanda had us over on Saturday to celebrate our birthdays. It was fun.”

    “57 miles?!? Why are you doing that? You don’t have to ride that far. I’ve been watching the news, and the place is blanketed with smoke! It’s not good for you.”

    “I know I don’t have to. I want to. I’ve been careful and riding inside on bad days. If I have to, I’ll do it at the gym. Won’t be as much fun, but I’ll get it done.”

    “Well, I always say, why run if you can walk; and why don’t you just do a mile, and go home? You’ve got nothing to prove.”

    “I know, Dad. I enjoy it, and I’m doing it for the kids. Its ok. I’ll be ok.”

    “Well I’ve got to finish reading my book before mommy takes me out. You be careful out there and stay safe.”

    “I will be, Dad. Have fun tonight, and Happy Birthday!”

    “Ok, happy birthday to you! Talk to you soon.”

    Today, I ride a mile. I hope my Dad can see me from heaven through the smoke, and is smiling as much as riding this one mile is making me smile. For everything you’ve done for me, Dad, this mile is for you! Miss you every day, and mostly on our birthdays.


    Posted 79 days ago
  • 1.0 mi ride - Monday, September 14, 2020
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  • 15.2 mi ride - Sunday, September 13, 2020
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  • The Crawford’s, Part II
    13 Sep 2020

    Meet Gary Crawford. I met Mr. Crawford in 1977 when I registered for HS. I don’t know if all incoming 9th graders met with him or if I did only because it was my first time in a public school. He asked me what I liked to do, he made me feel comfortable, and helped make the transition easier for me.

    Fast forward to 1992. I worked at Nottingham HS for the first 7 years of my career as the Pool Director and Learn-to-Swim Coordinator. Mr. Crawford was now my boss as the District-wide Athletic Director. When I decided to go back to school to earn my teaching degree, I took a sabbatical leave for a year to become a PE teacher. I did this to avoid student teaching. My years as the Director counted as that experience. So when I came back to work in the fall of 1993, I needed a job (and skipped a vital part of teacher preparation). There was a .7 position at Dr. Weeks with an opportunity to slide into the PE teacher’s slot as a long term sub when he went out for surgery. Mr. Crawford went to bat for me. He asked Hugh Cronin, PE teacher, to give me a chance. He continued to find positions for me until I got a full-time position at Fowler in 1995. He gave me chance, a lesson I learned, have not forgotten, and have continued to do for others throughout my career.

    After learning more about Gary’s wife, Claire, I can see why they were so great together. After Gary retired he competed in the Senior Olympics in track and field. From what I recall he was a tough competitor to beat. As far as Tim is concerned, today, you don’t want to try and arm wrestle with him because you won’t win. 😁

    It seems to me they both had/have this zest for life. I love the pics Tim shared with me of them, as a couple. They enjoyed the outdoors together, time at Watkins Glen, sports, SU, and education. They always looked happy together in every picture, and that just warms my heart.

    Back in March of 2020 Gary was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He underwent treatments for tumors in his lungs and eyes. He has just finished with his treatments, and is doing well. After the spring their family had, this is excellent news.

    Today my ride will be for Gary. For being a kind VP to me in HS. For giving me a chance in my career before he even knew if I deserved it. For looking out for me during those early years of my teaching career, which helped lead to where I am today. For being a terrific father and husband, I ride for you. May you continue to beat cancer, continue to stay strong, and beat your boys at arm wrestling. 💪 Thank you, Mr. Crawford!


    The Crawford’s, Part II
    Posted 80 days ago
  • 26.0 mi ride - Recumbent ride smoke day#2 - Saturday, September 12, 2020
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  • The Crawford’s, part I
    12 Sep 2020

    The next two days I will be doing a couples dedication to the Crawford’s, HS classmate’s Tim and Todd’s parents. Gary Crawford was our HS VP, and his wife, Claire, was a huge ‘Ham supporter.

    Claire Crawford was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986. She underwent treatment through the 1980’s and beat it. I was working at Nottingham HS at the time and remember hearing the news. With a diagnosis like that, at that time, one wouldn’t expect to still be talking about a recovery lasting over 30 years; but Claire beat it and survived until April 2020.

    From what I have learned, Claire led an exciting life. She held various positions; from a Dental hygienist, to a property manager, to a Watkins Glen Security team member, to a purchasing agent at SU. She was her family’s biggest supporter. She attended her kids soccer games, no matter the location. She helped in the “Ham” mobile, the school’s Booster vehicle, flipping burgers to support her husband in his role of VP. Working at SU, she was also a huge Orangeman supporter. As a season ticket holder, she “bled orange” for years. If there is one word that comes to mind to me to describe Claire, it is dedicated.

    Tim shared with me what a wonderful, loving, supportive mother Claire was. I could hear his smile as he was telling me about her love of rock-n-roll, and all the concerts she attended. Toward the last days he posted a clip of him and Claire in the car with her “rocking out”. What a great memory he will have for a lifetime.

    Claire was diagnosed recently with adenocarcinoma, the primary site in her lungs. She received palliative care for 5 weeks from her sons and husband. As Tim is a teacher, I guess being able to teach his class remotely during that time must have been priceless, and a gift from Covid (if there could be one).

    So as I sit on the recumbent bike today due to unhealthy smoke in the region, I am thinking fondly of Claire and her family. The happiness she brought to her family, the love of life she clearly had. Today, Claire, this ride is for you. May your family heal, and may your husband keep fighting the fight. Tomorrow, I ride for him, my HS VP.


    The Crawford’s, part I
    Posted 81 days ago
  • 16.0 mi ride - Smoke ride in the gym 😕 - Friday, September 11, 2020
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  • 19.4 mi ride - Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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  • Little warrior
    9 Sep 2020

    I am honoring this tough young man today, Ocasio Hazeltine. It’s “Kick Cancers Butt day”, and Ocasio is doing just that. Ocasio was given months to live when he was 5 years old. This spunky little guy is now 10 1/2!!! He had his 5 year benchmark scan in February, and just keeps defying the odds. He is one tough little warrior, and it makes my heart smile that he keeps showing cancer whose boss. Whether I can fit in a ride today or not, today is all about you, Ocasio! May you continue to win the battle, little man! Stay strong!!


    Little warrior
    Posted 84 days ago
  • 22.5 mi ride - Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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  • Paul Turner
    8 Sep 2020

    Last spring we were on full time distance learning. At that time my colleague’s Father’s health status began to deteriorate. The silver lining in the Covid debacle was that Tony had some flexibility in his schedule to spend time with his father, Paul.

    Paul Turner had inoperable stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 82 years old when he passed on 8/15/2020. Paul enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, eating Basque food, and biking. Tony describes him as “one hell of a father who would always be his hero.” I know how much Tony loves the outdoors, and when he said he was taking time to spend with his father outdoors, I understand why. I can see now that Tony was following in his father’s footsteps.

    There is a big hole left in Tony’s heart with his father’s passing, and I am sure he will remember him fondly when he is hunting this fall. He said his father loved to joke and was cracking them up until the end. I wish I had met him because I do love to be cracked up.

    Tony and I work closely together at Mendive. We share a lot of mutual likes. He participated in GCC in 2017, and has been one of my dedicated supports every other year I’ve participated. I wanted to dedicate a ride to Paul since I heard about his passing, but was waiting for the right time to ask (if there ever is a “right” time). Today seems like a fitting day. Shortly before Paul passed the nurse and his family members couldn’t find him. They looked everywhere, only to finally find him outside riding his mountain bike. He didn’t see what the big deal was taking a trip around the block, since that is what he felt like doing.

    Well today on this “windy, school was canceled smoke day”, the least I can do is ride for Paul. I’m sort of feeling like if he could take a ride on his last days, I can take a ride on a crappy day for him. I was going to wimp out and go to the gym, but there is no wimping out when you’re fighting cancer; and this is the best way I know how to honor Tony’s dad, on my bike.

    May you Rest In Peace, Paul. May your family heal, and may you be eternally happy when your ashes are strewn in your favorite hunting location. Paul, this ride is for you!


    Paul Turner
    Posted 85 days ago
  • 40.5 mi ride - Sunday, September 6, 2020
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  • “Pheob”
    6 Sep 2020

    One of the best things about Nottingham HS was the diversity, and by that I don’t just mean in cultural backgrounds. There was diversity among friend groups. It seemed to me as if everyone sort of had their small group of 4-5 people; but all of those small groups intermingled with each other, and that is what made being a member of the class of ‘81 so special. I mention this because the gal I’m pedaling my last 40.5 miles for today was the embodiment of that quality.

    Kathy Farricy Brand, the spunky gal in the middle, was a friend to all. She was funny, she always had a smile on her face, and always had something nice to say about anyone and everyone. She was this tiny little thing with a personality larger than life. She was just a kind, dear, wonderful human being who impacted the lives of so many.

    One of my favorite memories is the year we read “The Catcher in the Rye” in English class. I’m not sure what year it was, but from that point on everyone became “Phoebe”. It didn’t matter the situation the response was always, “you’re so phony, Pheob.” It cracked us up, and now I can’t tell you why, but we acted out that book all of the time like we were earning a grade for it! Last year I re-read the book, and of course, I thought fondly of Kathy.

    I’m not sure what year Kathy was diagnosed with brain cancer, but I remember finding out when I saw a pic of her with Carrie Weston Lenzen posted on FB. I was shocked and bummed, and even more saddened in April of 2016 when she passed away at 52. Like Randy, Kathy was taken from us too soon.

    After reading Tim Crawford’s comments about her funeral, she was loved far greater and deeper than I could ever had known. To add to this, Kathy’s husband, Fritz, also died from lung cancer the following year. I’ve never met their daughter, Rachel, but have heard she took care of both of her parents in the end. What an incredibly strong young woman. My heart goes out to her and the loss she has suffered.

    As I wrap up this tribute today for my HS pals, I will think of all the great times we shared, their larger than life personalities, their kindness, and humor. They were both very good friends to many, and left a hole in many hearts in their passing.

    Always a bulldog, Randy and Kathy, we all love and miss you!


    Posted 87 days ago
  • 40.7 mi ride - Saturday, September 5, 2020
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  • “Randog”
    5 Sep 2020

    Continuing in my first weekend tradition, I will pump out 81 miles in honor of my HS classmates lost to cancer. It may take me 3 days instead of 2 as I nurse a hip injury, but I will get the job done!😁

    Meet Randy Shure. Randy was one of my first friends at Nottingham HS. We had homeroom and our lockers down in GW. We chatted every day, and became fast friends immediately. In the first weeks of 9th grade Randy lost his Dad to brain cancer. I think this event was one of the defining moments that solidified our friendship. I was very concerned about him and checked in on him often.

    Randy and I had several classes together, like TV Production below, where he was always getting me into trouble, especially in Biology! Randy would do all manner of goofy antics when Mrs. Gladys was writing on the board, and of course I’d be laughing as she turned around. Once I even had to move to a lab table by myself. Rest assured, I did get him back in Spanish class where he used to pull on my ponytail for the answers. Señora Rotelli caught him every time. 😂 We had Mulvi and Mr. Shulenberg together as well, and the good times continued. Randy was a big part of my day.

    The good times with Randy didn’t end there. We often hung out at Randy’s on weekends, spent time at his pool, which if you knew Randy, you’d know he most likely invited me over so often just to see me in a bathing suit. LOL. He took me to my first concert, The Talking Heads; and I can’t hear the song “Paint it Black” without smirking from the holiday incident that caused him to get caught red handed heading out with the gang on a Jewish holiday. I believe it was Harris who just had to hear “Paint it Black” that ended with us walking out as his mom pulled up from temple. We went out, Randy get sent back into the house. He was so mad because that extra 3 minutes cost him his Friday evening!

    Randy was a great guy and always had everyone laughing. He was a successful businessman who had the good fortune to retire, yes retire, in his late 30’s. It’s a good thing because he was able to enjoy time with his wife Alison and his 3 kids before he got cancer. Randy was having stomach issues for about a year. The doc had him take antacids, for what turned out to be pancreatic cancer. He was going to fight it hard, he started writing a book; but cancer won and took Randy from us in 2011 at 47.

    To say it was shocking was an understatement. I hadn’t seen Randy since 2002 and didn’t know he was sick until he was gone. Maybe it was in the cards as his dad died about the same age, but that didn’t and doesn’t make it any easier.

    Today, Randy, I’m getting this 81 started for you. You had such a tremendous impact on my young life, and were such a good friend to me. I miss your silly antics, I miss your goofy smile, I miss how you just took care of everyone. I will definitely be singing “Paint it Black” during my ride and replaying all the silly things that happened with us in HS. Miss you!


    Posted 88 days ago
  • Camden
    5 Sep 2020

    Meet Camden. Camden was a GCC ambassador the summer of 2017 when he began an 18 month series of treatments for Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma. The pic on the left is from 2017, the right 2018.

    Look at that face!! I fell in love with that face back then as I followed his progress. Camden was smiling in every picture posted; through bone marrow transplants, transfusions, chemo, radiation, and immunotherapy- he smiled through it all.

    I cheered this little man on, and was beyond ecstatic to learn his latest scans came back cancer-free! He is one tough kid, and one of the many reasons I keep on pedaling year after year. So, today in celebration of your fantastic news, Camden, I rode for you! May you continue to stay healthy, cancer-free, and forever share that delightful smile.


    Posted 89 days ago
  • 21.7 mi ride - Friday, September 4, 2020
    Logged this ride 89 days ago
  • 20.2 mi ride - Wednesday, September 2, 2020
    Logged this ride 91 days ago
  • Meggan Carney Cranmer
    2 Sep 2020

    Relationship status: it’s complicated. I “knew” Meggan Carney Cranmer before I ever met her through a confluence of people and circumstances. A few years back I did a dedication for one of her colleagues and quoted her son. My good friend, Sky, has been her partner in crime at Clayton for the past few years. My significant other, Pat, was her HS B’ball coach and my greatest source of information. I have heard story after story about the HS Meggan, for years. This sophomore pic of Meggan is hanging in my garage. 😁

    The stories and comments I’ve heard about Meggan from her colleagues are no different than the ones I’ve heard over the years from Pat. She is a selfless person; she is quick witted in a way that leaves you wondering if she is laughing with you or at you, as her colleague reported 😉; she has a level of empathy that she brings to her MS counseling team that others may not ever know how to tap into. And my favorite, she is described as “the friend that as soon as you meet her, it’s like you’ve been sisters your whole life” and that is coming from a twin! I literally could go on and on, and feel fortunate to have had these circumstances occur that have allowed me to also call Meggan a friend.

    Fast forward to last school year. Pat’s son was also working with Meggan and hanging out at her B’ball games. Pat attended a few games; and It made him happy and proud to see, not only his former player, but also his first “adopted daughter” follow in his footsteps as a B’ball coach. The onslaught of Meggan stories continued when Pat would return home. 😁 So when Sky texted me to share what was happening with Meggan, we were a bit shell shocked, like everyone else.

    Meggan had been suffering from random symptoms for over a year that weren’t going away; such as, vertigo, back pain, and migraines. The diagnosis was not good. Meggan has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. She was admitted to the hospital and began treatments immediately. After her last scan the tumor in her breast has decreased substantially. Her bones are calcifying, the treatments are working. She is taking a pill form of chemo and a hormone blocker. Every 4 months she has a full body scan, her next one in October. We are all praying things continue to progress in a positive manner.

    So today, Meggan, I ride for you. For what you are going through, for who you are, for how you treat others, and for all you contribute to the students at Clayton. As you continue your journey, “Keep your chin up princess otherwise the crown slips”. And in your own words spoken so many years ago (and still crack Pat up), MBC, “I’m not in the mood for you today.”

    Stay strong, Meggan, stay strong. There are so many that have your back.

    Meggan Carney Cranmer
    Posted 91 days ago
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    Posted 91 days ago
  • 24.3 mi ride - Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    Logged this ride 92 days ago
  • Ben Marquez
    1 Sep 2020


    It is with great sadness that I begin my first day dedication to a very special colleague at Mendive MS. I learned yesterday morning that one of our veteran employees was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Ben Marquez has been the grounds keeper at Mendive MS for the past 17 years. Our property spans a city block and is surrounded with all manner of bushes and trees. Ben spends countless hours keeping the property in tip-top shape, among other jobs he performs at the school.

    For many of us who have had the opportunity to work with Ben, he is that guy. That guy who comes to work every day with a smile on his face. That guy who will do anything for anybody. That guy who is warm, welcoming, and when he isn’t being quiet, is funny. He is that guy that I love seeing every day, and will miss while he is out receiving treatments over the next 6 months. He is just, that guy. He’s our Ben.

    This isn’t the way I wanted to start this challenge because I wasn’t expecting to be riding for Ben; but no one is expecting to get cancer. He didn’t plan on this, and neither did we. For that, I will start this challenge with a lump in my throat and sadness in my heart as I ride this first one for you, Ben. For all you do for our school and for being one of the most outstanding human beings I know. This ride is for you, Ben!

    Just know, your Mendive family is behind you throughout this journey. We’ve got your back. We’re praying for you and cheering you on.

    Stay strong, Ben, stay strong.


    Ben Marquez
    Posted 92 days ago
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