SUPPORT MY RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER(R)
My name is Tamara Guerin and I am so honored to be riding again this year. First of all I would like to thank everyone that has supported me in the past it has been humbling to have so many supporters and well wishers. This will be my sixth year and I am so excited to be joining a new team this year and that is Riders for Ryders. When I started the ride I was not the greatest bike rider but this was always one team that gave me moral support every time I saw them or let me tag along the back of train to save my legs for a little bit. Last year I joined on with them for a little while and when I said "I have Red hair so I can blend in" The team captain who is someone I have respected since day one said "my daughter has red hair so you will fit in just fine." I have to say this was the first time I had ever personally met Jimi and although I had admired and respected him from afar he was even more inspirational in person. When he asked me to join the team for 2017 saying I would fit in great I was ecstatic. I knew Michelle would not be returning and this was a great opportunity to have support and join a team I had grown to love. When I started the ride 6 years ago I started because my mom was sick and it was something I could do to support her. I got a bike given to me that my good friends at Corsa Cycles helped fit me better because it was a mens bike. I hadn't ever ridden a rode bike before let alone 240km and I was terrified. It was very physically challenging and took me a very long time that first day but I finished day one and I gained confidence on day two finishing with a smile on my face and a heart full of emotions. My mom was stuck in traffic and didn't get to see me cross the finish line which was an incredibly hard and emotional thing for both of us,however I know that I will never cross the finish line again without her by my side. She was so proud of me and all the other riders, she followed me along the route that first year and I can still see her at certain spots along the ride. It had rained very hard that first day of my first year and I was very tired because I was far from a seasoned rider I can remember my mom drying my jacket with a blow dryer while I recovered. As our journey continued my moms sickness got worse and she passed away before my second ride it ruined me and although I had said I would ride until my mom got better or passed away I figured I couldn't give up half way through the year so I committed to riding that year. I then realized I was far too passionate about this event to stop before I earned my golden helmet. My daughter asked me if it was my last year and although I had said yes I could not resist the opportunity to ride with my new team and raise more money for a cause I feel so incredibly passionate about. It is an amazing journey that I am so grateful I get to be a part of even in the horrible weather and events that have happened. I am riding in honor of my mom this year. After battling cancer for 2 1/2 years she lost her fight on November 26th 2012. She was the bravest person I know after numerous rounds of chemotherapy and too many radiation treatments to count she still had her up beat personality and love for life. I will miss her every minute of every day but know that she is watching over me and my daughters. I also know that without all the money donated to research I would not have had even half of the time I did have with her so please donate today to prevent someone else having to go through what we went through.
Last year I raised over $11,000 and although I know it will be incredibly difficult to do so again I am setting my goal at $10,000. Your generosity over the past five years has been great and I hope together we can get closer to less and ultimately no one hearing the dreadful words of " You have Cancer"
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