I did not recognize the number ringing on my cell phone. So, I let the call go to voice mail. A hour or so later, when I checked my voice mail, I saw the call was from a reporter at Fox News in Philadelphia. She had heard about my Great Cycle Challenge riding and wanted to do a "short human interest piece. " I was at work at the time and was scheduled to give a talk about the GCC at a Rotary Club meeting that evening. When I called the reporter back, she said wanted to shoot some video of me riding and do an interview. Unfortunately, by the time we connected, she said she had to meet in the next 45 minutes in order to get on the story on the air. Needless to say, the exposure would have been great to build awareness for the event, but not having my bike at work there was no time to make that happen. I had to pass. Bummer.
The local newspaper did an article on my fundraising for the Great Cycle Challenge. The story appeared in the online version of the publication as well as in weekly printed paper. The print version was distributed this past week. It was great to get the PR exposure for the cause.
Last night I spoke at the Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club about my participation in the Great Cycle Challenge and its purpose. It was a great opportunity to raise the awareness on why fundraising for pediatric cancer is so important. I received a couple additional donations, but BEST of all, a number of members said they would join me and ride in next year's event.
In a previous post, I mentioned asking for pictures of Captain America Pez dispensers from other collectors to show Libby their support with her cancer challenge. They having been pouring in. Here are a few. I am adding the home city and state of the Pez collector who sent the picture.
I had reached out to the Pez collector community telling them about Libby and her Captain America doll. I asked that they send me pictures of their Captain America dispensers as a sign of support for Libby, as she battles her cancer. My plan is to put together a collage of the pictures and send it to Libby to show her there are people across the country pulling for her. One of the collectors, offered to make this special Pez stand for her. What a great gesture! It looks great. I will be sending it to her today.
I ride on a paved trail used by walkers, roller bladers, cyclists, joggers, skate boarders of all shapes, sizes and ages. Sometimes as I pass a trail user, I will get a whiff of a scent. Sometimes, it is a pleasant smell, like perfume or cologne. Or it can be unpleasant like a ripe sweaty body or someone who eats too much curry (I just don't like that smell). Then, there are those smells that have me guessing - "I think that smells like a dryer sheet. Is that a dirty diaper? A smell I experienced today was totally unexpected. It was the smell of chemotherapy. The smell I remember emanating from a good friend who was being treated for an aggressive form of breast cancer. This time the odor was coming from a child being pulled in a wagon. It took me a moment to recognize it. I had to slow to pass them, as the trail at that point was crowded. As I did, I thought "I hope that little boy has a better outcome than Karen."
...You're Fine. Well, in my case, not exactly. I have an unexplained drop in iron and a red blood cell issue that is trying to be diagnosed. This has caused a general fatigue throughout the Great Cycle Challenge. And, my legs are not recovering as they used to. On top of that, exercise exacerbates the low iron condition. Since I hit my 700 mile goal in September, I will be be backing off, not stopping, my riding for the rest of the month. Miles and donations count through the end of October.
Reaching a goal is great. Exceeding it is AWESOME! Donations will continue to be counted until the end of October. Let's see how far above our fundraising goal we can go to help the KIDS. Can we get to $20,000? With your help we will.
My office is located adjacent to the Chester Valley Trail. I keep my bike at the office during the week for my after work rides. Can you spot Captain America? (Hint: it is a Pez dispenser).
I wore my GCC Wonder Women hero jersey and tutu on my ride. The purpose was to bring attention to the Great Cycle Challenge. I rode in the outfit for 31 miles on a crowded Schuylkill River Trail. I got a lot of looks, but disappointingly generated no conversations. In the video, you can see my shadow and the tutu fluttering gracefully in the wind. A ballerina on wheels!