I am back! The Runstadler-Skolnikoffs are riding and volunteering again! We all had so much fun last year and found it a wonderful way to honor Wendy (my riding partner for the 2018 & 2019 Treks, my sister-in-law and friend), who passed away in January 2021 after a 15-month battle with cancer. We know she is smiling down on us, laughing at all the “incidents” we have during the ride and pleased to see us all being together.
This year both Ellie and William will be official volunteers with their Aunt Alexis and Uncle Noah. Last year they not only loved being able to cheer us on but also all the other riders. They made friends with other riders who asked them to cheer them on too. It must have been the drum and bells they carried around with them! This year they will just be asked to make sure to cheer for everyone. We love them being able to be a part of this, seeing so many people volunteer and raising money for cancer. Moreover, it is a way to honor their aunt who they loved dearly.
As for me, James does not like to talk while riding as much as Wendy and I did, so I have had to adjust. And I am still encouraging him to ride with his 30+ year old Cannondale bike – it slows him down just enough for us to be able to ride together. I think I can stall him one more year from getting a new bicycle.
Riding to raise money for cancer is now more important than ever. The Trek raises money to benefit the American Lung Association. I am asking you to help by supporting my fundraising efforts with a donation. The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many Americans who struggle to breathe! It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause - you can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message.
Any amount, great or small, helps in the fight against lung disease. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
As always, keep your fingers crossed we don’t see all rain in Maine the weekend of June 16-18.
Thanks so much,