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The inspiration behind my fundraising - my mother, Pattie
The inspiration behind my fundraising - my mother, Pattie

Pedaling for Pattie

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so I will be raising funds while riding my bike in honor of my mother Pattie to benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders - a leader in clinical research, which gives children and families the best hope for a cure. Please support me with a donation of any amount as I ride my bike from San Francisco to San Diego.

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My mother Pattie was first diagnosed with cancer in 1985 at the age of 34. For the next 15+ years, she went in and out of remission. Maybe it was my own ignorance but the thought of my mother passing never really crossed my mind, so when I was tracked down in October 2001 and told to call my father, I had a terrible feeling of dread. I rushed as fast as I could across the country from Fresno, CA to the hospital she was being treated at in Reading, Pennsylvania, which happened to be the same oncology floor she had worked at as a nurse.

My mom had already said her goodbyes the week before - I was the last to make it there. From the state she was in, it was clear she had been holding on, waiting for her oldest son to arrive. She passed away the next day in my arms as I told her I was home with her and that I loved her. I missed many years in the 90s with my mom, but today I keep her legacy alive with my Pedaling for Pattie campaign. I pedal my beach cruiser in honor of my mother Pattie while raising money for causes near and dear to her heart. This month, I am proud to be riding my beach cruiser from San Francisco to San Diego to raise funds for Rady Childrens Hospital San Diego.

My mother prioritized pediatric healthcare in her lifetime, and I am asking for your support now to make an impact for the kids and families being treated at this hospital. Every dollar makes a difference, so please consider making a donation and spreading the word as I ride down the coast of California in honor of my mother while trying to raise $4,200 for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Childrens Hospital.

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Donations to my page support critical cancer support programs at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

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