riding bikes, saving lives (and holding hands)

You probably know that Brian and I really like riding bicycles.  We especially like riding bicycles together.  Over the past two years, we’ve ridden hundreds, probably thousands, of miles together. We’ve had a lot of great rides together (around Boston, the North Shore and even a tour of the villages surrounding Antigua, Guatemala), and a few tough ones (we won’t talk about those for the sake of our mothers’ anxiety).


It’s safe to say, though, that our all-time favorite ride is the Seacoast Safari.
And how could it not be?

A. It’s a beautiful 175-mile ride along the New England coast.

B. Last year’s Seacoast Safari was the first time she he held my hand (he people! he!).
Okay there’s some discrepancy in our memories of who made the first move to say the least, but we’re very sure that we ended the evening holding hands, out by the water, under the stars. We’ll always be grateful to the Seacoast Safari for giving us a nudge in the right direction.

C. It cures disease–well, okay, perhaps that’s a little bit of an overstatement.
But only a little bit. The ride raises money for research toward the treatment and cure of cystic fibrosis. When one of us was born, cystic fibrosis sufferers would not be expected to become old enough to attend school. By the time the other of us was born, they would be expected to make it to high school, but not graduation. Now, the life expectancy for someone with cystic fibrosis is about 37. I think we can all agree that that’s a lot of progress in a pretty short time, and yet that there’s plenty of work still to do.

So, July 14th and 15th, we’re going to be spending our first anniversary as a couple on another Seacoast Safari, riding bikes, curing disease, and holding hands (don’t worry not while we’re actually riding the bikes).

We’d love your support–particularly on the curing disease front.
Please consider contributing to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
[To do donate, click here]

Or better yet, join us on the ride. You too can take a great bike ride, work toward curing a deadly disease, and while we make no promises about finding true love, who’s to say it’s not possible?

With love,

Steph and Brian

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