Committee Chairs Message: Boston Brain Tumor Ride

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 200 West St, Waltham, MA

May 2014

Friends,

What a beautiful day we all had together on our bikes. The day of the ride is always such a cacophony of sounds, images, and emotions, it’s difficult to process the experience. Having had a few days now to decompress and reflect, we are both filled with joy, pride, and gratitude. We gathered together for a common cause, and we proved once again that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Some of us breezed through 64 miles, while others struggled through 10. Some traversed the 25 or 40 mile routes with ease, while every hill caused others to pant and stand to push the pedals and power their bikes over the top. Family members and friends watched with delight as their tots spun their bikes around the course set
up just for them. No matter, for each of us our ride was different, but for each it was also the same. We rode in honor of friends and family who have survived their encounter with brain tumors and who are in the throws of treatment as we speak. And we rode in memory of our loved ones who fought courageously, but for whom the evil that brain tumors bring was too much to overcome. They are the ones who drive us, inspire us, push us, and who brought us together on this day. Thank you for joining the fight. One day, with your help, we’ll no longer have to do this ride. Brain tumors will be no more.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Michael Corkin and Steven Branfman
Co-Chairs, 2014 Boston Brain Tumor Ride