About half of the donations to Tour for Becky went to support an organization that was important in Becky’s life, the Rays of Hope Foundation. It is a foundation devoted to improving the care for breast cancer at a local level through a network of support services, research, and advocacy.
Well, last Sunday happened to be their big event of the year, a walk-run around the beautiful park area of Springfield, Ma. From the start I could feel the presence of Becky. There was a fantastic rainbow heading west on the Masspike. Rays of Hope!
I was able to attend with super- Big Wig status because we had raised the second highest individual amount for the organization. With this lofty title I was entitled to VIP parking, VIP bathroom use (though the state cop had to stay outside), a VIP tent-lounge are with snacks and leather couches, etc. Then there was the gift bag. Handfuls of certificates to local business, hats, artwork, and a mighty fine umbrella, that I put to use right away with the damp weather, were all inside the bag. I was wondering where the wig was.
After a decent time in the 5 miler, I hung around in the tent until the walk took off. Along with chatting with the directors of the event, I was lucky enough to get to meet with the actual founder, Lucy Giuggio Carvalho. Despite the weather, she was brimming with joy and optimism. It was a great event and I am glad to have been a part of it, thanks to the people who donated to me for the Tour for Becky.
It is too early to make any hard plans for sure, but I certainly have an urge to get from Minnesota to Seattle. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! I am also at work on an album inspired by the ride. I would love to have it done by the spring. Thanks again for supporting the ride.
Blue skies and tail wings,