The Rider

May 8, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day to the Moms of Pelotonia

Filed under: Steve's Stuff — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

In honor of Mother’s Day – and all the amazing moms many of the Pelotonia riders are riding in honor, memory and support of, here are a few words from two daughters about their moms. Feel free to write about your mom in the comments section of this blog (especially if you forgot to send flowers or a card). And Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there…

From Anne Gabriel:

This is my second year riding in Pelotonia, and every ride will always be about my mom, Pam Thomas. She died 15 yrs ago from ovarian cancer, although it seems like yesterday.  She truly was my best friend. We talked almost daily; she would always call me ‘babe’.  She died when I was engaged, so while she was still alive,  she took special measures to make sure the wedding plans were all in place, right down to the dinner menu.  I remember vividly, trying on wedding dresses with her.  I had a dress on, and I caught a glimpse of her looking at me with tears in her eyes, and it was one those moments where we both knew why she was crying.   Needless to say, my wedding day, although very special, was sad, too.  I try to keep her memory alive by making sure my children know how much she meant to me.  My daughter, Pamela, shares her name, and I make sure she knows what a special name she has.  I keep her memory alive by riding in Pelotonia, too.   Last year’s ride was very rewarding, but unexpectedly, I found the ride itself to be a time to really reflect on my mom…and that was the best reward of all.

From Misty Morris:

My mom, Cathy Kuehne, is a woman who will always be remembered for her strength.  Having faced a great deal of adversity during her lifetime, she was the kind of person who always overcame it.  When my mom became pregnant her senior year of high school, she was asked not to walk at graduation – but she knew she had earned it, and so she made sure every step across that stage was her proudest and followed it with a big grin and a wave to the crowd.  Similarly, when my mom was diagnosed with cancer, she said it must be because she was strong enough to handle it, and maybe the doctors could learn from her case and some good would come from it.  My mom’s battle with cancer was short and intense, but my mom always supported the James’ work, and I’m proud to ride for her.

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1 Comment »

  1. And your mom would be proud of you Misty, I’m sure of it.

    Ride on.

    Comment by Mr Brown — May 8, 2010 @ 9:46 PM


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