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-we have one life to live. Each 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. I know so many of us are dealing with the same situation—mother, brother, partner, husband, wife, sister, cousin, aunt, friend. The list goes on. Just this past April, my life changed again. 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. However 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.
I now know why I am here. I am here to mobilize people in the community who believe we can beat this disease by raising money for cancer research. Combining my passion with fitness, or rather spinning, I know we can make a difference.
I am pleased to introduce Pedal for a Cure Inc. a newly formed organization with a 501(c)(3) status. Our mission is to raise funds to support national scientific cancer research by hosting local spinning class events. It is local action that enables you to make a difference. The money required to find a cure for cancer is beyond the imaginable, yet every day we get a bit closer. I know my community is tremendously generous and I am proud to engage you all in this endeavor.
How can you help conquer this disease? Sign up for one of our events, sit on a bike, pedal and ride to save a life. Beginner, intermediate or pro—we need you all! Beyond helping to save the lives of others, if you are a beloved family or friend of someone with cancer, it will do you good, giving you a physical, mental and emotional break.
We each have one life. Someone once said “Spend your life wisely.” Won’t you please support Pedal for a Cure? Ride. Save Lives™.