Ride for Team Scott (+ Patty) with us!
My brother, Scott, rode for Team Kory since the beginning days of Tour de Pier. He was friends with Rory and their kids’ math teacher. Every year, he’d say to me, “Aim, you really gotta’ join us.” I’d nod and smile, and he'd explain The Uncle Kory Foundation. I remembered zero about the cancer for which it started and only that it was an awesome event riding bikes on the beach. It left him elated.
But then in the year of cruel irony, my oblivious health privilege was shot to hell when Scott was diagnosed with the same damn cancer that took Kory, glioblastoma. Now, I learned all about it and dove in wholeheartedly to beat it. We determined that he would be one of those remarkable statistics to survive. Our family rallied, and so did our friends.
He was forever graceful in that struggle, though he passed within the year. I was devastated.
My girlfriend, Patty, was one of my friends who fielded my shocked calls upon diagnosis, my angry tirades as the cancer progressed, and my deep sadness that followed. She rallied for the first Tour de Pier that we celebrated with Scott, where we stole BEST COSTUME because I think the TdP organizing crew just wanted to give us a giant hug (if not a giant cocktail).
Then Patty, my dear friend, was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. She, however, *is* one of those beautiful shiny statistics that BEAT IT. It temporarily took her hair, but her new boobs are magic. Of course I wish she hadn’t had to endure it all, but I am ever so grateful for modern medicine and her unflappable friendship through the years.
I am so grateful she’s alive.
So, September 12th, we’re riding for Team Scott + Patty that honors Team Kory. Scott rode for Kory, Patty rode for Scott, so… we’re riding to better all of our statistics.
There's no person on Earth who hasn’t, somehow, been affected by cancer. Tour de Pier raises money for The Uncle Kory Foundation, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach.
Ride with us! Scott was right – it’s a super fun day that feels extra special, like a holiday. It's a day that reminds me of Scott's generous spirit and love for life and community. Together we can make a huge difference. Let's ride in place and move charity forward!
Amy with Jeff, Jack, Calvin, and Cecilia
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