Yesterday I did a really big NDB: I rode my bicycle 25 miles in a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system. Although rare, fewer than 200,000 cases in the US each year, it does affect people in a treatable but not curable way.
I met a 5-year old girl affected with CF and watched her mom talk about the treatments she’s received (endured). Then this beautiful, blonde little girl mounted her sparkly Frozen-themed tricycle to ride around the race area as nothing would stop her.
Then another mom spoke of losing her 13-year old daughter to CF and how the funds raised will help other families.
I’m sure there are many stories.
My heart hurts for those parents and kids. And my heart pounded as I rode through ~30-mile/hour winds to finish the race (in 1:58) with pride knowing I (and all the riders) helped those families and many more.
I’m grateful, humbled, and feeling accomplished today. It feels so good to do for others.