Posted on August 16, 2016
Our annual fundraising “Wanda’s Ride”on Saturday was a huge success! Thanks to all who participated as riders, donors, and most especially, our volunteers! Special thanks to Ryan's Sports Grill for hosting our lunch and Lee's Cyclery and Velofix for SAG support. With all of our efforts combined, we were able to raise close to $5,000 for Wanda!
Wanda is very appreciative of our efforts and here are her words:
"Thank you for being here today - for me.
This year I am stronger than I was last year, and far stronger than the year before. With each year that passes, new emotional pains hit me, and I grow past a few as well.
Although the initial physical recovery from my accident has passed, I experience ongoing challenges. As I gain more independence I reach for higher goals - and then I find new things I cannot do. The word can’t was never part of my vocabulary before my accident. And now I ram harder into those things that are obstacles. My spine might be broken, but my backbone isn’t- so even though I take three steps sideways, I shoot for that one step forward.
Sometimes problems I encounter requires specialized equipment and sometimes I need help from others. Many times I require the creativity and talent of those willing to think out of the box to enable something to be modified to allow for my next dream. I am humbled to have been the recipient of assistance from such a warm, generous and reliable group of people, you, my support system.
They say that a word of encouragement during hard times is worth more than hours of praise after success. And here you are, encouraging me as I push through my hard times. The Fort Collins Cycling Club has not forgotten me or left me behind. I am so appreciative of financial support I receive through the FCCC Wanda’s Ride. The proceeds have allowed me to purchase adaptive equipment that has made it possible for me to remain in my home. Ironically, the funds also help me out of the house and into the world. Both are essential to my well-being and my ability to provide support and opportunities to my kids.
Through numerous successes and some setbacks, I have tried to prudently use the funds from Wanda’s Ride to remove barriers I encounter, and thank you for those who understand and assist with that journey. I am lucky to have the continuing support of the Fort Collins Cycling Club, Amy Ehrenberger and the numerous individuals who, as friends, family, neighbors, even strangers have contributed to my efforts to build a life I never anticipated needing to navigate. I am blessed by the organizers and participants in Wanda’s Ride, now in its fourth year.
I am so grateful for your sustaining presence of kindness, generosity, encouragement and love."