Whew! It’s been a crazy, busy couple of weeks in the Ireland household. Luke started 1st grade last week and Eden will begin kindergarten in just a few days.
Not to mention, both kids have started soccer, continue to swim weekly, Luke started golf and Eden will go into her 3rd year of ballet in a few days. Oh! And let’s not forget our 2.5 year old who is just along for the ride and baby #4 is due in just a few weeks.
Needless to say, I’m a little behind in sharing some super exciting news with you all…but better late than never!
A few weekends ago, my husband participated in his 5th Pelotonia ride from Columbus to New Albany. In years past he’s done 100 miles, but this year he has a torn ACL (yes, he still rode) and was only able to accomplish 25. Still incredible, for an even more incredible organization.
Our family is heavily invested in Pelotonia, which is a grass roots organization that’s raised about $200 million for cancer research. $200 MILLION DOLLARS!
The model of the 3-day event is simple: Pelotonia’s operating expenses are covered by generous funding partners so that 100% of every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders, and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
As I mentioned before, we are big supporters of this amazing cause. Not to mention, there really is a noticeable shift in the air within the entire city of Columbus during this incredible weekend.
You meet so many kind strangers, volunteers, riders, and spectators who want to come out and witness the powerful movement for ONE GOAL. END CANCER.
This year, my husband was inspired by a dear family friend who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. So many riders along the way serve as inspiration and motivation to cross the finish line.
Our kids look forward to watching their daddy ride every year, with cow bells in hand, we cheered rider after rider rolling across the finish line at Bevelhymer Park. Next year, I have committed to riding (as I will not be pregnant for the first summer in quite awhile, ha!).
If you happen to be in the Columbus area the first weekend of August, or would like to learn more about this amazing event… I encourage you to check out Pelotonia’s website!