#WhyIPMC guest blog by John Boryk, 2-year rider
For several years I have gone to the opening ceremonies in support of my brother-in-law, Dennis Kirrane (a 10-year rider this year). He started riding in memory of my father, Dick Boryk, who passed from pancreatic cancer in 2007. For a few years he has asked me to join him in riding and in 2017 after watching him finish in Provincetown, he truly inspired me to do this challenge. So in 2018, I registered in January, bought a road bike in March, and started really training. The entire event, from all of the training, to the opening ceremonies, seeing family at the start, riding with Dennis, the RAIN, the people, the volunteers, seeing family again at the finish line, was such a great experience for my family and myself. Now I am COMMITTED and will be riding again this year.
I now also ride in memory of my father, Dick, my mother Terry (was a breast cancer survivor), my half brother Big Joe, and for way too many family and friends who I have lost to cancer. I am encouraged to ride for those who have won their fights and for those who are fighting the good fight as we speak. I accept riding for those who can't, but need me to ride for them. This year, with every donation I receive, I have collected names from those donors "in memory, in honor or in support" of, and will be carrying those names the entire ride.
Most importantly, I ride as an example to my children, my family, & my friends, that they should always give of themselves to others and for a greater purpose. To Quote HOF QB Jim Kelly, "Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow".