Warrior Won

N Magazine Feature

I am so grateful to N Magazine for this generous feature in the May 2015 edition. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to honor my fellow cancer warrior, Natasha Grosshans, in this very public, very special way. A big thank you to Katie Kaizer for all her beautiful photographs, and her always happy and very luminescent spirit.

Warrior Won, N Magazine, May 2015

Warrior Won, N Magazine, May 2015

Warrior Won, N Magazine, May 2015

Warrior Won, N Magazine, May 2015

Warrior Won, N Magazine, May 2015

Warrior Won, N Magazine, May 2015

My Tour de Pink

I’m a little nervous, but…I’ve slayed much bigger dragons in the last 2 years. Even so, in just a few days I’ll be on yet another slightly pause-worthy, solo adventure. And I get to check another first off my list. This time that incorporates a few different things: my very first time riding my road bike off the island of Nantucket, my first charity ride, my first time riding in a group of 100+, my first time riding with total strangers and my first time doing more than 50 miles in a day.

I’m amped.

I’m ready.

and I’m HEALTHY!

As many of you know, this time last year I was in the fight of my life, on bed rest and healing from a radical double mastectomy. This summer, I am thrilled to report, life is looking very different. Having recently wrapped up 16 months of breast cancer treatment in July, I am no longer a patient, but a Breast Cancer SURVIVOR. On September 19th -20th I am riding in my first multi-day charity bike event: The YSC Tour de Pink, a 200 mile bike ride for young women with breast cancer. The YSC, Young Survivor’s Coalition* offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. 

Considering the year I’ve had, and my newbie status as a cyclist, I anticipate this ride is going to be a challenge, but I know that the strength I have cultivated during my battle, the strength you, my community, have given me to beat back this disease will get me to the finish line. With the motto “Ride. Support. Inspire”, YSC Tour de Pink is much more than just a ride, it’s a chance to honor survivors, raise awareness and support important programs for young women with breast cancer.

Tour de Pink

I signed up to ride the Tour de Pink only 6 weeks ago- and in that short amount of time my friends and family, and even people who don’t even know me have raised $3,888.00 – an overwhelming show of support considering how much fundraising is done here on Nantucket during the summer months, and how many deserving causes there are to donate to. I feel so blessed and yet again, so grateful to live here, to have the community we have and to be a part of something so important with the help of those around me.

I am dedicating my YSC ride to my friend, breast cancer mentor and long time Nantucketer, Claudia Kronenberg Douty, who also had triple positive invasive breast cancer and passed away all too soon, earlier this year.

I would like to thank the following people who made donations to my Tour de Pink:

  • John Osborne & Family
  • Emily Molden
  • Chris Collins
  • Burr Tupper
  • Sarah Montgomery
  • Kimberly and Marina Cassano
  • Terry Keible
  • Julie Hilberg Hunt
  • Jennifer Kaplan
  • Kathy Lipschuts
  • Burton Balkind
  • Elisa Allen
  • my Mom & Dad
  • Caroline Furgeson
  • Ani Kasten
  • Gretchen Cooney
  • Victoria Macomber
  • Jillian Fraker
  • Kim Reilly
  • Barbara Rosen
  • Georgia Raysman
  • Audrey Stery
  • Larisa Foreman
  • Melissa Murphy & Family
  • Tracy Cullinane
  • Alison Gorham
  • John Hunt & Palma Puzzoli
  • Lisa LaFrance
  • Jake & Alisa Allegrini
  • Juan Uribe
  • Mark Loader
  • Patrick Topham
  • Laura Snyder
  • Melissa Swim
  • Georgina Sharman
  • Christen & Andrew deLa Rochelle
  • Ann Marie Hunter
  • Lisa Botticelli
  • and of course the anonymous donors… I know who some of you are 😉

I just picked up my bike from Young’s, where they kindly squeezed me in for a last minute tune-up, and I’m in the middle of packing my bike bag. I’ve gone over my check list a dozen times already, and I’ll go over it a few more times before I go to bed. My excitement is visible in the flush on my cheeks. Although the ride itself doesn’t commence for a few more days, I leave the island tomorrow and head off to Boston. On Thursday morning I’ll make the 7 hour trek from Boston to my friend’s house in PA and pick up my Tour de Pink packet in Philadelphia on the way. We hit the road 9am on Friday morning…

Follow me and my ride:

Live. Love. Ride.

~Caitlin

 

Tour de Pink

#nevergiveup

 

*The YSC is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. With an interactive website and almost 30 affiliates across the United States, it is YSC’s goal that no young woman should be left to fight breast cancer alone.