The Rider

September 29, 2010

My Ride: Kelsey Gray

Filed under: My Ride — The Blog @ 5:47 AM

Here’s the report of first-time rider Kelsey Gray, an OSU student and one of the recipients of a Pelotonia Fellowship your fund raising efforts have made possible:

The first thing I noticed when I got to the Opening Ceremony on Friday night was the overwhelming sense of community, despite the fact that I was surrounded by thousands of people I had never met before.

Here's Kelsey (R) and a friend during Pelotonia

As I walked by fellow riders, we would often look each other in the eye and smile or nod.  There was an immediate, powerful connection that needed no words, simply because we had come together in the fight against cancer.  This connection remained the next morning as all the riders prepared to head out onto the course.

Every person standing on the edge of the course was a part of this community too.  As a rider, their cheers and the signs they held were encouraging.  They often helped push me over one more hill.  As a cancer researcher, their cheers and signs were even more inspiring.  I was able to see people who had been helped by cancer research, those currently being helped, and those who would be helped by future research.  As an undergraduate student, I am especially excited to be a part of this future research.

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