|Rob visiting last month.|
In one month, I will be heading across the United States writing about Christina, brain cancer, our journey, our faith--all in the context of following a grueling ultra endurance bike race across America. Christina's high school friend, Rob DeCou, has decided to test his endurance on the Race Across America, while riding to honor Christina. The organization, 3000 Miles to a Cure, has asked me to write (not ride) my way across America in one of their media vans.
When Rob shared his desire to do this race from San Diego to Annapolis, I knew I wanted to drive along and watch this unfold. The beautiful gift to me is the invitation to write for 3000 Miles to a Cure blog while riding in one of their media vans.
I have some new friends that I will be traveling with. Maria Parker founded this organization and raced in RAAM 3 years ago to honor her sister. The story can be found at this link. It is an hour long movie that tells the remarkable story of Maria's ride and features her sister's life.
|Lucia and Maria Parker, Rob DeCou|
Maria and I have so much in common. Our faith, our loss of very special people, and a desire to live fully and with purpose. Maria's daughter, Lucia, is organizing the media teams and we will all make this journey together.
Last month we had a few days together in Port Angeles. I loved the time with Maria and Lucia in our home and am very excited to head down to San Diego on June 11th. The race starts June 14th--the day after Christina's heavenly birthday. This feels like a great way to celebrate her life and her courage and her faith.
If you are a person who prays, I would appreciate prayer for this journey. I don't want to miss anything God has planned--the conversations, the people we meet along the way, the events that can't be anticipated. I will certainly link what I am writing with this blog. Prayer for Rob would be appreciated also. This can be a dangerous race and super challenging on every level--physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Thank you in advance for all your love and support.
|Maria and I|