Hello, my name is Cheryl Beneduce Bock. On April 2, 1999, I had a life-changing, terrifying experience when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Within seven days I had a lumpectomy, and began a long arduous year of chemo and radiation. My story isn’t that different than thousands of others.
Regardless of the pain and sickness, I consider myself to be extremely lucky for many reasons. First, for the alertness of the doctor who discovered the abnormal lump when it was one of the furthest thoughts from my mind; second, for the skilled doctors who assisted me through one of the toughest journeys of my life; and third, for the support of my family and friends, not the least of which was my husband, my rock.
If this experience has taught me one thing, it is perspective. Every day I carry in my heart, the family and friends whom I have lost or who I know are going through some sort of treatment. Many of us are dealing with the same situation —a mother, brother, partner, husband, wife, sister, cousin, aunt, or friend. The list goes on. My life changed again when my mother, my best friend, my teacher, my breath, was taken from me. Cancer had won. I cannot bring back my mother, although she will remain in my life and my heart forever. I can no longer stand by and simply watch as people I love and others in our community are ravaged by this disease, which in my heart, I know we can beat.
Through all of this I have found my purpose in life. I am here to mobilize people in the community who believe we can beat this disease by combining my passion with fitness and spinning and raise money for cancer research. Together I know we can make a difference.
We each have one life to live. Someone once said “Spend your life wisely.” Won’t you please support Pedal for a Cure?
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My name is Gloria Long and my story begins when I was 24 with the devastating loss of my beloved mother to breast cancer. Back then, the diagnosis of breast cancer was a lonely one, people were afraid to discuss it and very little information was available to understand the disease. I was devastated to think that for the rest of my life I would not have this gentle soul to share laughter, tears and my life stories with. Her loss instantly shaped me as a person and made me stronger and compassionate to help anyone that has to go through the struggle of this disease. Over the years I have had to face the death of many friends and loved ones from cancer and this emotional devastation has fueled my passion to do something positive that brings awareness and at the same time raises money to help find a cure.
I met Cheryl in 2000 through our shared love of horses and found out that she was a survivor, these two things has bonded us for life. Her positive spirit and passion fueled the process for us to combine our energies and do something good. We are proud to be the creators of Pedal for a Cure, a cancer fundraising non-profit that is dedicated to raising funds to support cancer research. Join us in our journey to empower others to get involved and to bring awareness to all cancers.
Ride. Save Lives.™