Why She Tries

Hi everyone, this is a photo of my husband and his siblings: a wonderful family of 5 with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. This is one of the last photos taken of them all together. Four out of five have been diagnosed with cancer.

We lost Susan over 30 years ago, third from the bottom right, at the young age thirty-three from melanoma. She left behind a three year old son, a newborn daughter and loving husband.

Three weeks before the Tri last year we lost Linda, first one bottom left, from liver cancer. She participated in the Tri the year before just after being diagnosed. She was an active woman with six grandsons that enjoyed kayaking, hiking, and gardening together.

My husband Doug, top left, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 2 1/2 years ago. After two radioactive iodine treatments his prognosis is good, but the big C never leaves our thoughts.

Last fall Steve, top right, was also diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Unfortunately his cancer appears more involved so he is being advised to have radiation treatment as well. As Steve has always been a naturalist, he is struggling with the idea of treatment that for any other purpose, would be pure poison for his body.

Martha, middle bottom, enjoys good health. Her life is filled with love from a close family, nieces, nephews and a caring husband. But she also lives with cancer every day with the diagnosis of her two brothers and the loss of her two sisters.

This will be my 6th Tri For A Cure. I do it for my husband, his siblings, our children, our extended families and our friends. I am proud to be part of such a powerful event that not only raises more than a million dollars, but also raises human kindness, support and understanding for each other through this special gathering.

My love for exercising has not changed much since my first Tri, and those of you who know me know that this is a labor of love, for a purpose that has become my passion. With your support and my biking fifteen miles, we can make a difference in this fight. Every dollar helps with each turn of my pedal on race day!

Thank you so much!

Love,
Deb

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Friday, July 15, 2016