Getting Ready for Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018! Will you join us in November?

ACS Bike-a-Thon 2018

ACS 2018 start
Getting ready to let Michael win

Yesterday morning, my brother, Patrick, his son, Michael, and I joined thousands of riders in the annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon.  The ride goes from The Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia to Atlantic City and covers 66.5 (ish) miles.

ACS Bike-a-Thon image
Honest, we are not in last place!

We were up early, and started riding at 6:30AM.  There were several stops along the route, with plenty of animal crackers, oranges, watermelons and water.  Beer would, fortunately or unfortunately, have to wait until we finished!

You could tell that many people were not passionate cyclists, instead they were there, like us, to ride in support, or in memory of, loved ones.  We finished at 12:15 (yes, Michael won again this year) and we enjoyed the timid weather.  It was between 65 and 70 degrees for the entire ride.  Whew.

Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018 is Gearing Up

The ACS Bike-a-Thon is sort of like the unofficial kick off to Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018.  We are a little more than two months from “Go Day” at The Prep, starting at 9:00 AM on August 23.  And our thinking is, if we can do 66.5 miles like we did yesterday, we can certainly team up and do 1850+ miles.

2018 Route
If you want to join for a part of the ride, contact me at john@rhbe.org

So far, we have 30 (ish) people signed up to ride or drive during our 23-day journey which will finish in Washington DC on Friday, September 14.  The route is finalized and the cycling shirts are designed!

Shirt design
Who loves the new jerseys??

And like last year, we will have a tribute every day to honor someone impacted by lung cancer.  If you have a loved one to recognize, contact us at tribute@rhbe.org.

More to come Before Go Day!

Over the next two months, we will finish the planning, share how the money raised will be spent, look to get on television, and make progress every day.  In these blogs, you will hear about our progress, and we will share much more about the daily tributes.  In addition, you will hear from people riding, people driving and from survivors, as, together, we get ready to fight this terrible disease.

Will you join us in November?

The TeamThe Team has been hard at work over the past six months  and we have made tremendous progress.  So, I ask you for your help.  In November, we will “Ride Around the World”, and you will see in this video what you can do to be a part of our exciting Challenge.  And, it’s very simple.  Setup a profile on Strava, ride some miles and record them in Strava.  Yup, that’s it, and your rides will also be a part of “Riding Around the World” and fighting lung cancer.

Will you join Strava and ride a mile in November with The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Club?  Your miles matter, and we would appreciate your support, as together, we chase down a cure for lung cancer.

 

Ride Hard. Breathe Easy. TOGETHER!

We start in 3+Months!

RouteIn a little over three and a half months, we begin Ride Hard Breathe Easy, 2018!  The team has been hard at work since November, and we have created the 2,600-mile route for this year.  Here are some of the highlights, and we look forward to having you involved again this year:

  • We start at The Prep on August 23 at 9:00AM, and you can see the entire route at RHBE 2018
  • The route will go through 11 states (PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, OH, IN, KY, NC and VA)
  • We will finish on September 27 in Washington, DC
  • We will again have a daily tribute to people impacted by lung cancer. You can see our tributes from last year by clicking HERE.

Anyone can be a part!

This year, we will have many more people involved, which is why our slogan is Ride Hard Breathe Easy TOGETHER.  You too can be a part of our campaign to end the suffering and stigma associated with lung cancer by

  • RIDING – either join us for the 2600-mile ride or ride in November, which is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. You will see information at RHBE 2018 V1
  • DRIVING – do you want to be part of the diving team? Contact me at john@rhbe.org
  • CHEERING – Like, Share, Tweet, Follow us on social media
  • DONATING – at rhbe.org
  • HONORING someone with a tribute by contacting us at tribute@rhbe.org

Ireland radio stationKaren, Pat, Dan and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland, and we enjoyed every moment with family.  While we were there, we were interviewed by a local radio station for our ride in 2017.  You can see the radio on the Ride Hard Breathe Easy Facebook page.  And we were invited back to potentially do a future Ride Hard Breathe Easy in Ireland along The Wild Atlantic Way!  Johnny van Oosten, it will be great to ride with you in Ireland one of these years and fight lung cancer!

Many Hands, Many Legs

During the rest of the month, we will continue to make progress, as we will create our social media plan, develop a video, create a new design for our biking shirts, update the donation website, get our list of riders and drivers and much, much more.  “Many Hands Will Make Light Work” again this year, and “Many Legs” will make sure we complete another epic ride (2,600 miles!) and ride “Around the World” in November.

So, thank you to everyone for getting us to where we are today, ready to fight lung cancer with our many hands and legs.  And lung cancer, we are here for the long haul.  And we won’t quit until we raise a total of $1 Million Dollars.

“If you want to touch the future, touch a life”

On Thursday night, we held our 2018 Ride Hard Breathe Easy Kickoff call.  We have been planning for three months and we were excited to share our initial plans with a wider group of people.

Lung cancer global stat
#1 cancer killer in the world, by a lot

So why are we riding again this year?

Lung cancer kills more people every year than any other cancer in the world, and it is the number one cancer killer in every state in this country.  It kills more women.  It kills more men.  And the funding is simply not fair.  And for me, it is personal.  Lung cancer took my Mom’s life, I miss her every day and I simply need to do something.

Thankfully, there are many people involved with Ride Hard Breathe Easy, and together, we will continue to make a difference in the fight for all lung cancer patients.

Last year, the focus was on one person, riding one bike across the country.  3500+ miles, 12 state, and over 1,000 people helped, drove, rode, donated or followed what we did.  This year, we are going much bigger, with many more people on many more bikes.

Many LEGS Make Light Work!

Bikers
Many Legs Make Light Work

Mom had a wonderful saying, that “Many hands make light work”, and that saying helped me in 2017 to start, plan and finish the ride.  In 2018, the focus will be on the many people who will be riding many bikes.  We will do two rides and you will see details by the end of April.  Contact me at john@rhbe.org if you want to join either ride, and here are the basics:

  • We will do a 2500-mile bike ride starting August 23 from The Prep (my high school Alma mater). I was fortunate they awarded me the “Father Schnorr Service Award” and you can see a video by clicking HERE.
    Schnorr
    Go Prep!

    Many people will ride many bikes as we go to New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Ireland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington DC.

  • We will have a “Virtual ride” in November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone can get on any bike, anywhere in the world during the month, and together we will ride enough miles (24,901) to “ride around the world”.

Many Hands Still Make Light Work

We have many helpers already, and if you want to join a dedicated group of people fighting lung cancer, you can come join us by

  • Riding, either on the 2,500-mile ride or in November
  • Being active in social media. You can follow this blog, follow or like on Facebook or follow on Twitter @ride4lungs
  • Joining a committee. We have over 30 people involved, committees meet monthly and it is easy for anyone to lend a hand

So What’s Next?

I am glad you asked!  Our focus at this point is to put the basics in place by the end of April, specifically

  1. The 2,500-mile route, including who is riding and driving during the five weeks
  2. A couple infographics to explain more about the rides
  3. The ww.rhbe.org site so it is fully operational by May 1

And a couple final thoughts

Our mission is to end the suffering and stigma of lung cancer, in memory of Kathleen Matthews.  This Ride Hard Breathe Easy Team is committed to touching the lives of people impacted by lung cancer.  The American Cancer Society project that 1 in 17 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime.  1 in 17.  So our work has incredible purpose, and we know we will be helping someone we each know.

We leave from The Prep in 144 days, and you will 144hear more in the coming months.  And we are emboldened by the quote below, knowing we will make a difference in many, many lives.

 

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life”.  Author unknown

We Hit the Road on August 23!

This time, we will start at The Prep!  Go Prep!

The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Team met again this week, and we have made a couple of very important decisions!

The PrepFirst, our “Bid Ride” will begin on Thursday, August 23, and we will be starting at The Prep at 17th and Girard in Philadelphia.  The ride will be about 2,500 miles and over five weeks, with many different people riding segments throughout the journey.  We will pass through New Jersey, New York, Boston, Columbus, Kentucky, North Carolina, and we will finish our  ride in Washington DC.  We will begin working on the exact route in early March and will include some stops along the way.  James Cancer CenterThe first stop we have already confirmed is at THE James Cancer Center at THE Ohio State University.

Second, we will have a ride during all of Lung Cancer Awareness Month (November) where anyone in the world can get on any bike on any day of November.  We will collect your miles on www.Strava.com, and our initial goal is for us to collectively ride enough miles to go”virtually” around the world, which is 24,901 miles!  So get your bike ready!  More details to come!

Ride Hard Breathe Easy Planning will start in March

In addition, we will begin planning all elements of each ride next month.  We have committees established and volunteers for the “Big Ride”, the “November ride”, Communications and connecting with organizations to be part of our campaign.  There are currently 30 people involved in the various committees, and, if you are interested in helping, let me know at john@rhbe.org and we will find a spot for you.

To start the planning, we will host our RHBE 2018 Kickoff call on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00PM where we will share our plans, answer your questions and discuss how anyone can get involved to fight lung cancer.

Please join the call

March 8 at 7:00PM East Coast Time

Phone number  1-866-312-7353.  Access code is 130 299 3083

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to end the stigma and suffering associated with lung cancer, in memory of Kathleen Matthews.  And this year, we are looking to raise another $100,000 for The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Lung Cancer Alliance.

We hope to hear from you and see you on the bike later this year!

Do you see lung cancer as a problem?

If so, be part of the solution!

The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Team has been hard at work over the past six weeks, deciding how we can do our part to fight lung cancer in 2018.  And……drum roll please….the results are in.

As we looked back at what we accomplished last year, we decided on some key principles that determined what we will do this year and beyond and we came to these four things:

  • Continue to do work with, and for, LCA and BJALCF, two 4-star Charity Navigator organizations
  • Change the ride from one person (me going across the country) to many people being on the bike during a long “relay” ride
  • Do more activities throughout the year
  • Make it easy to manage so many more people can choose to participate, on or off the bike

So what does that include?  Glad you asked, and there are four things you can do on the bike.  And four things you can do off the bike to help fight lung cancer.

 

For those who are Born to be Wild and wanna get on a bike!

  1. We will do a long ride (about 2,500 miles over 5 weeks) and many people will ride, doing as a relay.  Starts in Philly and goes to NJ, NY, Boston, Columbus, etc.. and we plan to end in DC.  People will ride their bike or drive the van for 3, 4, 5 days.
  2. Anyone can create their own “local / mini RHBE” so if a person wants to ride 250 miles over a weekend in CA (or anywhere in the world), go ahead and do it.
  3. We will have a virtual ride in November (Lung Cancer Awareness Month), and anyone can ride a bike (outside, stationery, spinning).  Our goal is to do a “Virtual ride across the country” (3600 miles) by adding up everyone’s miles.
  4. Join RHBE when we do the ACS bike ride (June 10) and the Philadelphia Flyers Charity Classic (July 15)

2017 SAGgersNot interested in biking and you do want to help?

Great! Many Hands Make Light Work, and you can do your part.  Here are four things you can do:

  1. Be on a RHBE Committee or help RHBE on social media (Facebook and Twitter)
  2. Participate in the LCA and BJALCF 5Ks – exact dates will go on the RHBE site.
  3. Contact Congress, and let them know lung cancer needs help and get their commitment.  AS we plan our ride, we will share templates from Lung Cancer Alliance of who to contact and how.
  4. Attend the Annual LCA Conference – Date TBD

So, what’s next?

I will host a call in early March where the RHBE Team will lay out our goals, discuss our plans for 2018 and answer any questions.  If you want to help, contact me at john@rhbe.org and we will find a way that you can be a part.

And if you aren’t sure yet, no sweat.  Join the call in March and decide then.  The information about the call will be in the next blog and on Facebook.

And one final thought..

Last year, we began this journey with a few people helping and creating some vague ideas on what to do.  Not sure which direction to go, no route, no bike.

And we finished by raising over $93,000.  In addition, we were on television three times, in the media a dozen more times, paid daily tributes 52 times and brought together over 1,000 people who donated, helped and followed us.  Those daily tributes touched so many of you, and they inspired me each and every day to give what I can in memory of my Amazing Mom.

Tributes

So I invite all 1,000+ of you to again be a part of Ride Hard Breathe Easy.  Ride, drive, donate, share, spin, help, whatever.  Lung cancer patients and their families need us, and I am so excited to see what we will accomplish again this year, as we continue to chase down a cure for lung cancer.

 

How Ride Hard Breathe Easy Will Help All Lung Cancer Patients

seven ridersA little four months ago, Ride Hard Breathe Easy left Newtown Square, PA to go west; very west, to The Golden Gate Bridge to raise money and awareness for lung cancer.  From all the comments and hearts touched over the next 52 days, I know we made a difference for lung cancer patients.  We met many people across this great country, had loads of fun every day and, through your generosity, raised over $93,000.

Money raised will go to two outstanding programs!

And now, I am very proud to tell you that the money donated will support two programs very dear to our family that are led by the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF) and Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).

  1. Working at SAP, I see every day how technology and data drives innovation.  BJALCF is taking a similar approach to improve the early detection of lung cancer.  When diagnosed early, lung cancer is curable through surgery and radiation.  However, current screening technology remains a barrier as 96% of low dose CT screens result in false positives.  To address this problem, BJALCF created The Concept to Clinic Challenge by bringing together a global team of software developers to build a technology that will increase both the sensitivity and specificity of low does CT screens.  This improvement will increase the ability to find lung cancer earlier and ensure those findings are accurate.
  2. LCA established the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus to collaborate with cancer leaders, advocates and policymakers in educating on early detection, current lung cancer treatments and research advancements. In 2018, LCA will continue to advocate for treatment reimbursements and payment structures for lung cancer screening and access to care, so that our community’s needs of expediting new treatment approvals and improving access to high quality and affordable healthcare is met.

Ride Hard Breathe Easy will Ride Again in 2018!

RHBE 2018 SC
The 2018 RHBE Steering Committee

As we look forward to 2018, we have set a goal to raise another $100,000, and The Steering Committee is already hard at work.  Our next call is in two weeks, and we are currently close to deciding our approach in 2018.  We will have a few options on the bike for anyone to participate, and we will have ways for people to help all lung cancer patients in ways that do not include a bike.  Many Hands Make Light Work, and anyone can be part of our efforts to help everyone affected by lung cancer.

You too can help!

Please look for a survey in January, give us your feedback and let us know if you want to be part of the team that is committed to change how the world deals with lung cancer.

We hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Team

#beatlungcancer

And we’re off!

Planning for Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018 has Begun!

The planning for Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018 officially started this week with our first call with The Steering Committee.  We talked about the mission, ways to grow, and we will have our next call in a little over two weeks.

The Committee is ready and excited to use our 2017 accomplishments as a springboard for even greater success next year, and the three things we will figure out and share with you in January are:

  1. What is our vision / mission / purpose?
  2. What bike ride will we do in 2018?
  3. What are the committees for Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018?

Opinions and help are welcomed

Later this month, I will send a survey to get your thoughts on what we did this year, suggestions for next year and if/where you want to help.  Mom often said that “Many hands make light work”, and over 100 people made the inaugural Ride Hard Breathe Easy possible.

For 2018, our goals will be big, and we know that anything can be accomplished when we come together for a common cause.  Our purpose is simple.  We want to help people impacted by lung cancer.  Many of you who helped, donated or followed know all too well about the grim statistics for lung cancer.  And the stigma.  And the lack of funding.  And it is why we are doing what we can to make a difference.

If you want to make a difference with lung cancer, you can be a part of our effort to #beatlungcancer.  You will work on something that is deeply personal to many of us, and I promise you will be helping in a way that is meaningful to our mission and to you.

Thank you to the Steering Committee!

And finally, many thanks to Beth, Karen, Chelsea, Johnny, Pat, Brendan, David, Barry and Dave for being a part of the Steering Committee.  Ride Hard breathe Easy 2018 will be very special, and, together, we will lead the way.

RHBE 2018 SC

 

So Many Reasons to be Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving Number 56 for me and I am so, so thankful for many reasons.

2017 Gala - Beth and meI have a beautiful wife, and together we are doing what we can for everyone impacted by lung cancer.  We have been fighting for this cause since Mom was diagnosed in 2011, and our goal is to raise and donate $1,000,000 in our lifetime to the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Lung Cancer Alliance.  We are making progress and are approximately $180,000 of our way there!

John and meI have a wonderful son who makes me proud every day.  He is kind, hard-working and shares the need to fight for lung cancer patients.  He worked for the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation as a summer intern a few years ago, volunteers at their 5Ks in Philadelphia and is part of the planning committee for Ride Hard Breathe Easy.

FamilyI am thankful for my sister and four brothers who I know are always there for me.  And they were all literally there with me in San Francisco when I finished the ride in October.  Together, we have gotten stronger and closer after Mom and then Dad passed away, a testament to Mom and Dad and how they always emphasized and lived the importance of family.

Bonnie and meI am thankful for Bonnie Addario, someone who inspires me every day to do my part to fight against lung cancer.  Mom and Dad love Bonnie, with Dad always saying about Bonnie and her Foundations that “They are doing God’s work”.  Bonnie has dedicated her last 14 years to fighting this terrible disease and is an inspiration to people all over the world.

SAGgersI am thankful to the 100+ people who helped with every part of Ride Hard Breathe Easy for nine months.  I simply don’t begin or complete this ride of a lifetime without you.

I am also thankful for the 22 people (Missy, Janet, Tom, Fred, Beth, Karen, Karen, Bridget, Barry, Jim, David, Pat, Denny, Tommy, Diana, Jeannine, Dan, Paul, Jack, Peggy, Maggie and Bill) who SAGged across this great country.  And I am very thankful to the over 500 people who donated to Ride Hard Breathe Easy as we raised over $90,000.  And there is still time to donate to Ride Hard Breathe Easy.  Who knows, maybe we will get to $100,000 by the end of the year?

seven ridersI am thankful that I work for SAP, a company whose vision is to “Help the world run better and improve people’s lives.”  I have worked at SAP for over 24 years and their support, especially from John Burd, made it possible for me to ride.

 

I am thankful that Mom’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles are 9-1.  She is smiling in heaven, cheering the team and encouraging the defense on every play to “Get him, Get Him!”.  All Eagles fans are very thankful after pounding the Cowboys on Sunday night.  Sorry, Cowboys fans, you have Jerry Jones and we have Carson Wentz.  #FlyEaglesFly.

I am thankful for the people who will be part of Ride Hard Breathe Easy in 2018.  Our goal is to raise $100,000 in 2018, and over the next month I will ask who wants to join us to fight the number one cancer killer in the world.  You can be on a committee, you can ride, donate, cheer, whatever.  If you want to help, there will be a place for you to help in a way that is meaningful to you.  And together, we will have lots of fun and make RHBE grow and grow.  As Mom said often, “Many Hands Make Light Work.”

Mom and DadAnd finally, I am thankful to have two parents who loved and cared so much.  Every.  Day.  Along with Beth and Johnny, they are my two best friends.  They inspire me to do what I can to be better, especially in what we do with Ride Hard Breathe Easy for all lung cancer patients.

So enjoy your Thanksgiving!  And please join me, and the entire Ride Hard Breathe Easy team in 2018, as together, we continue to raise awareness and fund research for lung cancer in the memory of Kathleen Matthews.

#beatlungcancer

Ride Hard. Breathe Easy is over. And the cause continues!

Ride Hard Breathe Easy is over, and it was a blast.  Here are a few things to chew on:

  • There were 13 SAGger teams and a total of 21 people who SAGged during the ride
  • More than 100 people gave their time, money and heart to support this ride and all lung cancer patients
  • The ride (including wrong turns) was 3,553 miles, the climbing was over 136,000 feet, the highest point was 11,312 and I pedaled over 1.1M times
  • We were on TV in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, and in the media over 10 times
  • SO FAR, we have raised over $86,000 for The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Lung Cancer Alliance.  There is still time to donate at www.rhbe.org.
  • All expenses associated with this journey, including the travel, meals, van, gas, crying baby faces and “Anti-Monkey Butt” were paid for by us
  • Colette made me shave
  • There really is a Clown Motel in Tonopah, NV (a place that is hard to leave)
  • The Governor of Pennsylvania signed a proclamation that November is “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania

The daily tributes provided insight into people impacted or fighting lung cancer, and we received many, many emotional comments about the ride’s importance.  The people we met across the country were so kind, all had a story about cancer and many of these stories were about lung cancer.

Outside of Beth, Johnny and family, making a difference in lung cancer is my number one priority.  My hope is that everyone involved in any way with Ride Hard Breathe Easy, stays involved with this cause.  You can come to a 5K with Kathleen’s Krew, contact your local member of Congress, go to the Lung Cancer Alliance meeting in DC next year or many more things.  You can also be part of “whatever happens with Ride Hard Breathe Easy in 2018”.

It starts with you, and if you want to be more involved, please let me know and we will find a way.  And I will host a call on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00PM East Coast time to look back at Ride Hard. Breathe Easy. and to talk about ideas or 2018.  EVERYONE is welcomed to join.  The phone number is 1-866-312-7353.  Passcode is 852 498 7592.  

The facts I shared during the ride continue, which is why I will continue to do what I can to help all lung cancer patients:

  • Lung cancer is the number one cancer in the world.  Period.
  • Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in your state.  Of women.  And of men
  • The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer patients is 19%
  • The funding is well below other cancers such as colon, prostrate and breast
  • The stigma associated with lung cancer needs to be eliminated and we all need to raise our voices and scream that we want, expect and need change

So thanks for reading this final blog and for supporting this ride.  Your words and support made a difference to me, every day.  And many thanks for considering to be part of a group that makes a difference for all lung cancer patients.

Enjoy some of my favorite pictures below from Ride Hard Breathe Easy!

 

Family is everything!

Well, the journey is complete and I am here in San Francisco with my beautiful wife, Beth.  It has been an amazing 52 days of riding, and a very special nine months getting ready for Ride Hard Breathe Easy.

The first blog was on November 2 in County Mayo, Ireland, from the property where Mom was born.  We then had (many) calls to plan every element of the ride.  We started from SAP on August 24, and there was the consistent generosity of time, money and heart from over 100 people since the beginning of this ride.

The riding was 3,553 miles.  We climbed over 136,000 feet, rode over 1.1 million pedals and saw stunning scenery, especially in Colorado, Utah and California (and the Clown Motel in Tonopah).

I got to see this amazing country, feel the warmth of people SAGging and the kind support from people we met in every state.  I can still visualize our first day from SAP, the ride in PA with tunnels and bridges, the gravel roads, the majestic mountains, the cows, corn and winding hills.

Most importantly, I felt the love and magic and Mom and Dad every day.  There were two things we couldn’t control (weather and transportation) and that went off without a hitch.  During the 252+ hours of riding, we had just six hours of rain.  And the many flights to meet me, and the miles to meet people went off with no problems.

For me, I had the pleasure of getting to know the 13 groups of SAGgers in a way that I can’t explain.  You have to experience it and I feel more connected to each of them for their love, cheering and support.

Mom and Dad always focused on the importance of family.  They told and showed us every day.  Beth knows this, Johnny sees it, and Karen, Pat, Tom, Dan and Bob embody it every day.

I am glad Ride Hard Breathe Easy is done, and proud of what we accomplished.  I am also so grateful for the support over these 52 days from those people impacted by lung cancer.  We all saw, and felt the importance that the daily tributes meant to so many people.  I cried every day (OK, I am a baby), thinking about Mom, Dad, family and finishing.  And I just wanted to hug my son, kiss my wife and see our family.

Seeing Johnny on Facetime during the ride warmed my heart, and I cried.  Having Beth as a SAGger (which meant for those days “Sexy Ass Girl”) was incredible.  And having Bob, Dan, Tom, Pat, Karen, Kevin and many nieces and nephews come to San Francisco was the culmination of a fantastic time.

Of course, there is plenty of work to do for lung cancer patients, and Kathleen’s Krew will be there in memory of Our Amazing Mom.  Consider donating at www.rhbe.org.

Thank you for making sure a very difficult task was great fun!  Every.  Day.

Ride Hard breathe Easy, 2017 is in the books!