Behold, the partners of the 2013 DESTINATION X RIDE. And amazing ones at that. I am beyond excited to see all the wonderful things that will unfold during this joint adventure. Continually, I will be adding more collaborators. I am driven n then some to do so.
In 2012 the Ducati North America Team stepped up and supplied me with a Multistrada 1200 S Touring Edition for the 2012 Destination X Ride. They supplied me with he bike, riding gear, maintenance and tires throughout the ride. The ride began in July and ran through December. I logged over 26,000 miles spreading awareness for Colon Cancer, FAP, Desmoid Tumors, MS and Native American issues. It was incredible. Blessed and then some I was.
Well, it’s 2013 and Ducati has decided to again provide a bike for this ride. A 2013 Multistrada S 1200 Granturismo to be exact.I cannot thank the wonderful Ducati North American Team enough for all their support. Ducati, a truly passionate company, indeed.
While on the 2012 Ride, I was in Washington DC for a scheduled stop. I was fortunate enough to meet Michael Sapienza, who just so happens to be the Executive Director of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Which was founded in honor of Michael’s mother Christine, who passed away from colon cancer. I also met another Chris4Life’r, Michael Paul. He also has a very direct connection to colon cancer. Michael lost his wife to the dreaded colon cancer beast.
I was able to get to know the two Michael’s and other members of the Chris4Life team. They really have created an amazing organization completely dedicated to raising awareness, spreading the prevention word and generating money to fund colorectal cancer research.
I’m giddy with excitement over the 2013 Destination X Ride/Chris4Life Partnership and I cannot wait until I find myself on the road motoring towards the Scope It Out 5k events.
Last year during the 2012 Ride I was fortunate enough to include the Get Your Rear in Gear®(GYRIG) 5K Run/Walk in Des Moines. It was the first time I had ever been to such an event, one that exists to empower local communities to promote prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. As well a provide support to those affected. While at the event, I could not help but think about my dad. He died 1978 from colon cancer via Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) when he was 32. I was 12. Back when he was fighting colon cancer, no such event existed for colorectal cancer survivors. I am incredibly grateful that organizations such as GYRIG exist these days to honor and support colon cancer survivors. And perhaps, even prevent people from getting colorectal cancer in the first place. I’m so proud to have Get Your Rear in Gear on this list of Destination X Ride Partners. I will be stopping at Get Your Rear in Gear races across the country to photograph Survivors for the FACEiT Project. I cannot wait to hit the road to capture Survivor faces and their stories at Get Your Rear in Gear Run/Walk events across the country.
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to go to the Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5k in St. Louis. I had wanted to go for years. I was able to see two incredible Survivor Sisters cross the finish line together. Said Sisters would be my sister Kim and my very good friend Julie. Kim is a MS/Familial Adenomatous Polyposis [FAP]/Desmoid Tumor Survivor and Julie is a Stage 4 Colon Cancer Survivor. Two amazing and inspiring women who are true Survivors. A truly amazing event. Now, I’m adding the Undy 5000 5k to the growing list of 2013 Destination X Ride Partners. Who would have thunk it? Thrilled and then some I am. The Undy 5000 aims to motivate people to get screened and to bring together local communities to celebrate colon cancer survivors and their families. By supporting the Undy 5000, you raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance’s prevention, research and patient support services and help local organizations fund colon cancer programs. I will be photographing Survivor faces and gathering their stories at select Undy 5000 events around the country.