Trek Women
March 9, 2009

"I'm Very Fortunate"

N6195089915_1387303_8313906[1] I want you all to know how much I appreciate my life these days.  I am connected with truly wonderful people in my life that includes my family and my extended family.  I am often repeating a familiar phrase"You have your family you are born into and the family you create for yourself."  If you are lucky they will all share it with you, and that happens with me on a regular basis.  I am one lucky lady to enjoy a great relationship with everyone in my  "family" and hope that the dynamic lasts forever.  Now I belong to another family that is composed of two entities, Trek and LiveStrong.  These two groups of fine, fine people have provided me with a new direction to my life and I couldn't be prouder for the work we are all doing to promote a cure for Cancer.

Saturday night I had the privledge to ride my bike down Sunset Boulevard.  It was blocked off for one reason, to deliver a message that Hope Rides Again.  It's not easy for me to find my way to these events and participate somewhat by myself, but I dig down deep and muster my courage believing that it's the least I can do for those that cannot help themselves.  I walked my bike down Sunset in order to get to the starting gate.  I didn't know how to use the Metro Link so I did what I do well,  "Walk".  Once I get to where I need to be, I have learned to chat with people and make myself feel comfortable in my surroundings.  The only reason I am addressing this issue is because it would be good for all of us to experience a little discomfort as a way to reach out to others.  This is the mural that was painted on the side of the Montalban Theater, recognize the artwork?  The artist is Shepard Fairey.  Of recent note, he created the Hope poster of Barack Obama.  It was a beautiful night to listen to Lance speak of why he is returning to the bike.  He is a great young man that will help us all accomplish great things.  As someone who has been fortunate to hear him speak on several occasions, this thought is always on his mind... The LivesStrong message belongs to all of us and he will tell you that his name is not as important as all the volunteers that are responsible for growing this cause.  Give it some thought, we are being handed an opportunity to make a difference.

Thank you Trek and Thank you LiveStrong.

Come Ride With Me.    

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