I just got back from making dinner for cancer patients at the Baltimore Hope Lodge, a place where cancer patients and caregivers may stay for free while receiving treatment in the city. It’s free to stay at the Hope Lodge, but patients are still responsible for making their own food, which can be a great burden after going through treatment in the day. It was very touching to see so many people affected by cancer. I had dinner with a middle-aged man and his wife, who were staying at the lodge after leaving their home in Richmond, VA. He starts chemotherapy tomorrow, and I listened to his wife explain how worried she was for him. As they told me their story, I felt nothing but helpless. There was nothing I could do to make them feel better, so all I did was simply lend my ears.
Please keep donating! I’m supposed to have reached $2000 by the end of February, but I’m currently only at $635. If you or someone close to you has been affected by cancer, please let me know! I will dedicate a part of my ride this summer to that person. Only 80 days until I depart for Seattle!!!
If you or someone you know are a cancer survivor, learn more about pedal pals here!
I hope you are doing well and having a great week! It is a fantastic day and it was so great to bike to work today! I would like to introduce you to a brand new initiative called Pedal Pals, which is taking place this summer with the 4K for Cancer. This pen pal program will pair each of our riders with a cancer survivor, with whom they will share stories, experiences, and inspiration during the ride. We are looking for survivors of all ages to participate in Pedal Pals. Anyone who has ever received a cancer diagnosis, whether they are currently fighting or have beaten cancer in the past, is welcome to be a Pal for one of our riders. All participants will receive a picture and short bio of their Pal and will connect via email, letters, and/or calls throughout the summer. Having done the 4K, I can’t even begin to explain just how important these connections are. The riders look towards cancer survivors they know and meet for a reason to keep pedaling each day. Similarly, survivors have been incredible inspired by the fact that our riders are biking 4,000 + miles to support them and others affected by cancer.
If you or someone you know would like to be a Pedal Pal, please sign up at pp.kimbia.com/pedalpals. For more information, email me (Emma Moody) at email@example.com.
Ten riders from Team Seattle volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They did yard work, cleaned the house, and disinfected toys for the children stay at the house.
The team attended a community dinner hosted by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The team met members of the local Living With Cancer support group and listened to many inspirational stories.
Team Seattle volunteered at the Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall, Minnesota. They gave a presentation and did yard work at the facility.
Team Seattle riders volunteered at the Marshall YMCA in Marshall, Minnesota Riders talked to a group of students (ages seven to ten years old) about cancer prevention and cycling across the country.
Team Seattle attended a community dinner hosted by the Christ United Presbyterian Church in Marshall, Minnesota. They ate a bounty of delicious chili and corn bread, gave a presentation on the 4K, and heard stories from community members of how cancer had effected their lives.
Six Team Seattle riders visited the Minneapolis Hope Lodge in Minnesota. They cooked tacos for the guests and listened to their inspirational stories.
Team San Francisco riders gave a presentation at Central High School in Salina, Kansas.
Team San Francisco riders volunteered at the Tammy Walker Cancer Center in Salina, Kansas. We met with cancer patients in the waiting room and also while they were recieving their treatments and spoke with them about the mission of 4K and also heard their cancer stories. Special thanks to Lynn Marshall who is a Patient Navigator and RN at the hospital who showed us around the facility and introduced us to the many amazing individuals we met that day.
Most of the Team Seattle attended a community dinner hosted by member of the Zumbro Lutheran Church. They gave a presentation on the 4k for Cancer and cancer prevention.
Nine Team Seattle riders visited the Rochester Hope Lodge in Minnesota. They cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the guests.
On ride day 23, the Portland team visited the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Kansas City, Missouri. Similar to our year-round community service at the Baltimore Hope Lodge, the riders cooked dinner, spoke about the 4K for Cancer, and each rider and guest had the opportunity to introduce him or herself to the group. The riders stayed for a number of hours after dinner to complete a puzzle with the guests, play shuffleboard, and continue conversations started over the meal.
Six riders volunteered at a fundraiser for Answers 4 Kids Cancer in Chicago, IL. They greeted attendees of the martini charity event raising money for rare pediatric tumors.
The team gave a presentation about the 4k for Cancer and cancer prevention to members of the South Haven First Congregational Church. They had a meaningful discussion with the attendees about how cancer had affected their lives.
After a long day cycling on day 18, the entire Portland team brought dinner to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in St. Louis, Missouri. The guests we met that evening ranged from newly arrived guests, to 9-month residents of the Hope Lodge. When we left St. Louis, a number of riders dedicated their days to people we met that night.
The Portland Team had breakfast with the Men’s Club of the First Baptist Church in Vincennes, Indiana. The majority of these charming, humorous gentlemen have been very closely affected by cancer. It was a pleasure to share pancakes, stories, and a few laughs with them.
At the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan, Team Seattle gave an presentation on cancer prevention and the mission of 4k for Cancer’s cross country rides.
Five riders from Team Seattle volunteered at the Sparrow Cancer Center in Lansing, Michigan and helped with event preparations for the center’s upcoming Survivor’s Day Picnic.
Our riders participated in the Fayette County Relay For Life event in Lexington, Kentucky, continuing our long support of the American Cancer Society and their mission of preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer.
Portland riders brought lunch to the ACS Hope Lodge in Lexington, Kentucky, as the rest of the team biked to meet them at the lodge. The riders connected with a number of inspirational guests, including Tabitha and Martha. Tabitha, who is undergoing breast cancer treatment, openly discussed how cancer has affected her life and had a really positive attitude. Martha was so caring and upbeat, it seemed like she was the caretaker, not the patient.
Six riders from Team Seattle visited Cancer Services in Sandusky, Ohio. They helped style and organize wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair while undergoing chemo and radiation treatment.
The staff of the Eastside YMCA hosted a dinner for the Seattle Team. The team gave a presentation about cancer prevention and the 4k. At the dinner, the riders met a woman involved in program that provides exercise classes for local cancer patients, to which they made a donation.
Four of our riders visited the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Cincinnati, Ohio for an afternoon of community service. While interacting with staff members and Hope Lodge guest, the riders helped clean the lodging by polishing furniture and organizing the common’s area.
The Cancer Support Community of Western Ohio in Dayton, Ohio hosted a community dinner for Team Portland with staff, board members and volunteers joining the riders after a long day on the road. The organization offers free life skills services to cancer patients and their loved ones.
Five riders visited the Regional Cancer Center in Erie, Pennsylvania and helped with preparations for an upcoming cancer related event being hosted by the cancer center.
Five riders visited the Buffalo Hope Lodge in Buffalo, New York. We cooked breakfast for guests and their caregivers and gave a presentation about the 4K and our mission of uniting communities in the fight against cancer.
Eight riders visited the Rochester Hope Lodge in New York They attended the first year anniversary party for the Hope Lodge and cooked a taco dinner for the guests. Riders also appeared in a TV news story.
Rounding out the team’s first week of riding, the Portland riders shared a community dinner with members of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, Ohio. 25 church members cooked a delicious dinner and traded experiences and stories with our riders. The church has hosted the 4K for the past eight years.
Riders volunteered with the Alleghany County American Cancer Society chapter in Cumberland, Maryland. Portland riders helped prep for the upcoming Relay for Life event.