"I want to be safe today. I want you to have a wonderful day. I want you to think of those loved ones today who are surviving. God blessed us with having a cloudy day, so we can do another ten miles. So, put it in - have fun- and thank you for being here today," announced Bobby Valentine at the beginning of the Connecticut Challenge event on Saturday.
Today's fundraising events go directly back to all the programs that support local cancer survivors at the Survivorship Center in Southport," said Brett Jones.
"I mean I have many, many family members who are cancer survivors and I think it's an amazing organization," said one participant.
"Yea, I mean I think it's an issue that touches so many people you can't not have a connection it," said another.
"So I used to ride my bike a lot and then it went away. And, part of that is because I am a two-time cancer survivor - two different cancers. The guys at Sherpa have really helped me get back on a bike. I'm probably welling up right now because it is just so emotional. But, to feel this support for the rest of your life is just a really great whole to close up," said Wendy Crowther.
"From an experienced rider standpoint, I am just impressed by how many people show up and ride hard and really push themselves. This is my fourth year in a row doing this now and you go into it like this is another day in the office. Then, reality sets in you click in - you roll out and you see all the new faces and that elation sets in and you realize why you did it every year. Really, for a local fundraising event, it is genuinely pretty impressive," said Brett Jones.