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Posting Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Subject: TOH: "We" Made It!

I am back home in Minnesota still in a daze from the ride and incredible celebration in Washington DC. Much has been written about it by others. All I can add right now is "We" Made it! There are many people included in that "We":

Comrades on Team Nails - We stuck together and worked harder than any of us thought possible. I am so impressed by every one of you and honored to have been in your company.

Crew - An incredible support crew made this amazing journey possible. One example, I thought having a massage daily was going to be a luxury. It was a necessity and sometimes very painful. Our Soigner Mary Page kept us healthy and able to ride. Thank you! Thanks to every last one of you!

Comedy Relief - Often during my illness I have said we laugh a lot because if we didn't we would cry. The same was true when we faced a harsh cold crosswind in Kansas in the middle of the night. We had people talking with us throughout that battle like a wonderful man named Adam that kept us both focused and distracted at the same time.

Coach - Jason would say to us almost every ride "Ok guys its time to 'light it up' for the next ___ miles." He was like my nurses who knew when to push and when to hold your hand.

Crowds - We saw and heard every single person that cheered us on along the way. Thank you all! Especially all you kids who lined the roads when we biked by. You pumped us up!

Family (sorry, I ran out of "C's") - I owe so much to my family for their support and love on this ride and throughout my cancer journey. I especially want to thank and recognize my wife Barb, the Love Of My Life. LOML We did this together. I would be lost without you.

Someday the "we" will include all of us, and the "We Made It" will be about the defeat of Cancer. I hope and pray that the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope 2004 is the spark that makes that day come sooner.

Jim