I participated in the Tri for a Cure as a relay team biker. This was one of the most amazing events: the camaraderie, passion, commitment and enthusiasm of over 1,000 women, many cancer survivors, was overwhelmingly heartwarming. It was incredibly well organized with donations over $1 million. Business contributors gave to make this event happen. Others gave food, support from cycle, swim and running shops, massage/reflexology – on and on.
Supporters on the route made every participant feel like a winner. I cried for the last three miles, my emotions running high, and I felt as if I had won the Boston Marathon, thanks to all those who stood in the heat to cheer. I was blessed with Mary and Leigh as teammates, and other bikers who gave me support.
The amazing work of the South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth police departments kept everyone safe. Southern Maine Community College was a spectacular venue. To have been part of this great moment is more than I can describe, but I think of it as “The Tri High.” It helps me believe that we can accomplish more than we often think.
To everyone who was in any way a part, thank you. As a 19-year breast cancer survivor, I will remember this as one of life’s most memorable and will look forward to next year, crossing the finish line to the roar of hundreds who believe that, together, we make a difference.
Mayor Rosemarie De Angelis