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Matthew Stoltzfus

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
Route I'm Riding:
Columbus to Gambier
I've Raised:
My Peloton:
Team Buckeye-Team ASC
My Fundraising Progress:
$0 My Commitment: $1,800.00 Congrats! Keep going!
It was May of 2006. All we knew was that Mom had a lump in her neck and it caused pain, particularly when she played tennis. She needed to have her thyroid removed and was SO happy that her surgery was to happen days AFTER my sister's wedding. She wanted to look good for all the pictures :)

I'm not going to sit here and try to pretend I know what's going on in a women's mind when they are picking out the dress to wear at their daughter's wedding, but it seemed as if the dress "found mom." It was cheap, her size, and wonderful. The dress she wore was purple. Mom looked amazing in that purple dress. My favorite picture is the one where I was ushering Mom to her seat at Anita's wedding.

Statistics show that one in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. You never think that it will happen to you or one of your loved ones, but in my case it did.

Mom had a unique way of staying positive in spite of having cancer that was able to influence her family, friends, doctors, nurses, and most especially, me. She was positive and cheerful at all times with everyone she met and interacted with. I never heard her complain once.

Instead of questioning the unfortunate occurrences happening to her, she decided to question the negative behavior in others, so their lives could be improved. She was a warrior. A warrior fighting for everything good in people. A warrior who wore a purple dress. She fought cancer and at the same time managed to help others. She showed me how to fight and she was OK with not winning her battle as long as it gave strength and encouragement to others.

Mom picked a purple dress. I don't think it was by chance that she found that dress. The picture of me ushering mom to her seat at Anita's wedding hangs in my bedroom and in my office. It was taken before we even knew Mom had cancer, yet it serves as my biggest inspiration.

We need warriors who will fight this battle with us if we want to even come close to finding a cure. When we buried Mom two years ago, the dress she was wearing was purple. Keep fighting because you never know if the next person diagnosed with cancer will be someone that you love.

I will continue to fight because I don't want anyone to experience the pain and heart ache I had to endure while Mom fought. That is why I can only strive to be half the warrior Mom was.

In the words of Jim Valvano, "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

My Pelotonia 15 Donors

Date Donor Name Amount
08/08/2015 Scott Shaheen $50.00
07/31/2015 Anonymous $100.00
07/08/2015 Anonymous $1,800.00