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|My friend Tony and I taking a break on the way to Ventura!|
|Thank you SO MUCH for visiting my page. I am SO EXTREMELY EXCITED for this ride!! In 2012, I did the 2-day version from Ventura to Santa Monica and it is, to date, my most proud accomplishment. There is nothing better than conquering a challenge you weren't sure you were going to be able to, and knowing that it benefits so many people, especially the kids with Arthritis - yes, KIDS! Over 300,000 of them in the United States alone. This ride benefits The Arthritis Foundation, which supports programs that promote Advocacy, Awareness, Children's Summer Camp for kids, and Adult Programs like Swim Therapy. It's especially close to my heart because I was diagnosed with JRA when I was two years old! Currently, I'm being treated with two very strong medications, but every day is a crap shoot! I am crossing my fingers that I stay healthy during my training so I can achieve this very important goal. Any and all donations are GREATLY appreciated. Please also share with your family, friends, and coworkers - I guarantee at least one of them either has Arthritis or knows someone who does! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! You can read about my 2-day ride experience in September on my blog: http://persistwithoutexception.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/the-ride-of-a-lifetime. Thank you for visiting... Stay inspired and STAY PERSISTENT!|