In 2004, Lisa’s heart and soul went into co-founding TDP, born out of her love for cycling and belief that achieving a common goal would create a community and foster confidence and optimism in her fellow survivors.
The very first ride began with only six riders registered to bike from Boston to New York. That year, Lisa’s re-diagnosis as stage II meant she couldn’t ride. She helped get the small group food and housing, including an overnight stay at the house of a friend’s parents who’d agreed to let the riders sleep there. This gesture of hospitality – letting a group of sweaty, exhausted strangers sleep at their home – is exactly the community spirit that characterizes the TDP ride today.
Texas is a do-able flight or drive for many people, and flights are frequent from most parts of the country. These factors make the event even more accessible. Additionally, YSC has a large constituency in and around this area, and we value the ability to bring our resources to them.
While we share concerns about restrictive legislation around reproductive rights in Texas, we do not want to withhold opportunities for our community to come together based on where they live.