A year, minus a few days ago we were reveling in the excitement of the challenge. With thousands gathered to check-in and celebrate past successes, she was there to celebrate too. We had all made a plate, gotten a beer, and were ready to sit at a picnic table to share the meal and talk about the ride. Though we were all concerned as she winced through her bouts of pain, she was determined to stay and enjoy every last minute. She knew we were there to ride in her honor.
Our peloton has gathered again. This year several of us are sidelined with injuries so we will “ride” virtually. But our three strong and healthy members will ride 100 miles on Saturday for One Goal. Again. This time the Courage 2 Fight Peloton honors her memory.
Jessica Dailey Steinecker was creative. I related to her in that way. She handmade beautiful wreaths as her creative outlet even as cancer treatment took its toll. Her wreaths adorn many mid-Ohio homes as a legacy to her talented hands. As Jessica and I shared time together last year, I learned that she, as I do, loved to travel. Something the family was making time to indulge. Jessica shared her stories of recent trips and her excitement of those yet to come. She was living her dream despite cancer, an example for all of us. Jessica sadly succumbed to metastasized triple-negative breast cancer on June 13, 2019 at age 34, leaving four small children, Ethan, Owen, Jacob, and Briella, as well as husband, Cody. The loss makes my survivor jersey all that more special.
Involvement in an initiative such as Pelotonia is an experience beyond description. Yes, there is the bike riding, often in the sweltering heat of August, but there is also a community, one that comes together to volunteer, raise money and fight cancer. At this writing, there has been over $11 million raised for this year's event. The 2019 event will top it off at over 200 million dollars raised in eleven years and 100% of every dollar raised by Pelotonia riders, virtual riders and volunteers goes directly to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Institute. If you would like to know more about the research and trials funded by Pelotonia visit https://impact.pelotonia.org/.
Even though I won’t be riding the roads from downtown Columbus to Gambier I have been honored to put my creative talents to work to support the effort in a new way. I have designed a sterling silver Pelotonia charm which features a wheel hitting the pavement design, of course, the Pelotonia arrow with “One Goal”, and around the rim you will find “Greatest Team Ever” and “Pelotonia”. Offered in 5 versions; without distance, 25 miles, 45 miles, 100 miles, and 200 miles on the back of the charm to commemorate your experience. The charms will be available on https://shoppelotonia.org/ and at the events this weekend.
For those who will support my virtual ride with a donation of $50 or more, I will thank you with a code to save 20% off your purchase of pieces from my Pelotonia Collection and for each piece purchased I will give back to Pelotonia. Wear them as a reminder of your support for the One Goal…end cancer.