Ask someone why they ride
The answers are varied. They ride for fitness and fun. They ride to meet people. They ride to feel the wind in their hair (underneath those helmets, of course). They ride to go fast. To enjoy the view. They ride because they can. And for those that can't.
Ask me why I ride.
My answer is varied on any given day and at any given point in the season. This Saturday, I am proud to say that I will ride for breast cancer research.
The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is the new title sponsor of my (first!) professional team. I am thrilled to be part of Team Vera Bradley Foundation. My team has big goals. Not only are we looking to win races (lots of 'em!) but we are also going to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. As a team, we have committed to raising $22,500 for the Foundation. I am hoping to kick things off with $1,500 in donations this Saturday.
You can find me at the Alpine Shop on Saturday going head-to-head against my friend and co-worker, Chris Ploch, in a 100-mile roller race. The Inaugural Rollin' for Charity Race will begin at 11 am at the Alpine Shop Kirkwood (440 N. Kirkwood Road, 63122). I expect the adventure to last about five hours.
Chris is riding to raise awareness and funds for his own charity. To learn more about his efforts, you can go here.
Specialized, Team Vera Bradley Foundation's bike sponsor, has shipped me my new team bike for use during the race. What a way to break in my new Amira! Alpine Shop is offering a $500 cash prize and has small competitions planned throughout the race. Einstein Bagels and Subway have been generous enough to donate bagels and sandwiches.
My daughter Aubrey, pictured above, is seven. I want her to grow up and know about breast cancer only in the past tense. I want that for all our daughters. Please invest in a future without breast cancer with me.
Click this link to go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer donation page. Online donations should be made "In Honor of Carrie Cash" (you will need to enter my name in the provided field). Select "Hope Grows" from "Donation Type" in the drop-down menu. I promise it sounds why more complicated than it looks once you click the link.
In addition to online donations, cash and check donations will be accepted at the Alpine Shop during the event.