So it all started last year during the beginning of the pandemic when a bunch of rowers were not allowed to row together. I invited some of my rowing pals to come bike with me. Some had bikes and rode occasionaly, some dragged their old bikes out of the garage and wiped the cobwebs off, others had to scrounge the internet looking for bikes because all the local bike shops were sold out. But one by one we found bikes and started to ride. Then we decided to make our miles more meaningful and we started riding for kids with cancer. Then we started hiking for the Sequoia conservancy. We found our way through the pandemic doing what we could masked up and socially distanced outside.
We started to joke a lot about 2020 was the year we "Row'd to Nowhere." And that's how we developed "Row'd Rage!" "T-shirts!" we cried. "We need t-shirts!" LOL, yeah one day maybe.
So now it is year two and one of the original "crew", Wendy suggested we do this virtual ride across Maine for the American Lung Association. Wendy has been a long time sufferer with Asthma. Those of you who know me know my history with smoking, punctured lung during Ironman, and most recently double pneumoia on Kilmanjaro have all made me hyper-aware of how vulnerable our lungs are. My friend's son has Cystic Fibrosis and I'm always so inspired by how this kid has grown into a strong young man while barely able to breath without assistance. So we all had our reasons, and then it got weird!!!
We started to invite some non-rowing friends to join the team. One of our teammates invited her friend and neighbor Kristi to join the team. It turns out that was the day her mom was being scheudled for her lobectomy! Her mom has lung cancer and was having surgery. Yes, she was in!! It became even more personal for all of us. This made us want to ride more and raise more money and really try to do something to help.
We finally made shirts with the help of the amazingly creative Wendy Burnham. The shirts have a little bit of everything about us. (I'll tell you about that later). But one of the ideas I love the most is on the back she put ribbons for all the different charities. Because we will continue to ride for purpose not just for one but for all of them.
So for May we are raising Monday for the American Lung Association. We would love your supportAND stay tuned!! We might actually get on the local news!! Eeek!! We hope that is going to help our fundraising even more.
Help us help the American Lung Association. We would love your support.