NEW ROADS, La. ( BRPROUD) – One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in the United States, it’s the most common in women. It is this exact reason why Al and his wife Terry Reszel have been on the road for 27 days now on a cross-country trek in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and their own foundation, Pink Pedals 4 a Cure.
“Going through chemo and radiation is a lot harder than this, so the women that have to fight, that’s what we’re out here for,” said Al. “We thought, we’ll do bike rides, it’s a way I could help out. I can’t do research, but I can ride a bike.”
For the former Baton Rouge residents, this 5,000-mile trip from San Diego to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York is personal.
Terry was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 after a doctor found that she had Lobular carcinoma in situ, she says she was told she would not have to undergo the mastectomy she wanted to avoid breast cancer. Reszel’s doctor advised her the chances were only one and a half percent, nine months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She says through her fight and healing process after a double mastectomy, her husband was there every step of the way.
“It was tough at first going out, I thought the whole world was looking at me,” said Terry. “It’s really sad and scary and I feel bad for all the women that have to go through so much more than I have to, and that’s why we’re here.”
In support of finding a cure, Al has been doing this ride from different parts of the country for the last six years.
“Our first ride was from central Minnesota where we’re from to Chicago, we thought that was huge. Then the Breast Cancer Research Foundation said why don’t you ride up to our headquarters in New York,” said Al.
It’s physically taxing and the weather conditions aren’t always preferable.
“I ride about 90 miles a day,” said Terry. “Two rides ago we crossed the Mojave Desert, it was 126 degrees.”
This kind of dedication comes with sacrifices — being away from family, missing birthdays — but the couple says meeting survivors and spreading awareness keeps them going.
“It’s what we can do, and until they find a cure, we’re going to keep riding,” said Al.
To help Al and Terry on their mission to help find a cure, donate here.
For more information visit, pinkpedals4acure.org.