FINN was born in June of 2005, one minute after his brother BAIRD and less than three years after his sister SARAH.
On October 9, 2008, a cancer that I can neither pronounce nor spell took FINN's life.
I never had the privilege of meeting FINN in person. I have spoken to him since his passing many times. In early 2009, I met FINN's father, PATRICK SULLIVAN, online.
I had signed up for the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer. A bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle. I didn't own a bike.
I started writing about various related things online. That is how PATRICK found me. Apparently, he found me funny. He nervously called and invited me to join "TEAM FINN". And, without knowing FINN, or his story, I joined. Never in a million years would I have ever imagined how that call would impact my life.
FINN has taught me so much. As his mantra says, to RUN, JUMP, BOUNCE, DANCE, SING, SMILE, and LOVE. And, later, to RIDE.
My biggest take away from FINN is his teaching of the importance of living. Right now matters. So, live it!
2019. Year 11. Over 2,100 riders raised $9.1m. In 11 years since the inaugural ride, the total raised is now $105.1m. Thanks to all of you for your support and generosity.
Is 2020 your year? Take the jump. Call me. Join. It's a live changing experience for you and life saving for others.