Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why do I Ride?

After reading Ride for the Feast committee member Bob Steffan's story on why he rides, we thought we would regularly update the blog with more of these inspiring stories. Today, Moveable Feast staff member, Sara McClean, shares with us why she has chosen to ride the 140 miles. Sara is one of three dietitians on staff and has been working at Moveable Feast since June 1, 2009. This will be her first year involved with the ride. She will be riding her brand new Trek 2.1 WSD.

Because Chris died.
Chris was 14.
I was 13.

Because he said he would beat it.
"No one's lived as long as me yet."
I didn't know what to say.
"I know you will. You'll beat it."
I wore a polka-dot blouse to his funeral.

Because my dad said he was proud
of how the church handled it.
That the family wasn't isolated.
Because he honestly, sincerely believed
That the only black family in our church
Wasn't isolated.

Because of all the others we've lost since then.

Because no one
should have to stare
this disease in the face
without hope
and support
and fire.

And no one
has fire if they aren't fed.

Because the only reason
that I am not living with this disease
is luck.

Because food is right.

Because I have something to prove.

Because I am humbled by the work we do and the people who do it.

Because I am overawed by the badass riders who have gone before me.

Because this cannot end here.

If you wish to share why you ride...or crew...or donate, please email your story to Amanda Fisher, Special Events Manager for Moveable Feast.

1 comment:

newcowgirlco said...

This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing this story, and thank you for riding.

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