“Cancer has changed my life in so many ways,” says Lori Grassi, of Tacoma, a three-time cancer survivor. Lori was first diagnosed with breast cancer in Dec. 2001, then early stage cervical cancer in June 2002 and ovarian hyperplasia in Nov. 2002.
Lori (pictured above second from left) is riding in the 2nd annual Obliteride to honor 27 friends and loved ones she has lost to “this messed up disease.” She fears two friends currently in hospice will die before Obliteride.
Lori is tackling Obliteride’s longest route, riding 150 miles on Aug. 9 and 10. She conquered 180 miles in the inaugural Obliteride last year and she says she “will climb harder (this year) just for Claudia and Jackie,” her two friends in hospice.
Last year Lori wrote the names of friends and loved ones who had lost their battle on her handlebars. This year, to honor those lost, she is featuring each of the 27 people on her Facebook page during the weeks leading up to Obliteride. She tells a little story about each person to remind her friends of them and what cancer can do to precious life. Also she’s found it’s a powerful way to raise money for Obliteride.
LEGISLATORS CRUSH CANCER
Lori is a lobbyist in Olympia for the Washington State Chiropractic Association. She has been instrumental in recruiting elected officials to participate in Obliteride this year.
During this past legislative session, Rep. Ross Hunter presented Obliteride to the House Democratic Caucus. Hunter (48th legislative district/Bellevue) is a cancer survivor and will be riding in Obliteride with Rep. Cyrus Habib, also of the 48thdistrict.
Ross (pictured above on front of tandem) had a stem-cell transplant eight years ago to treat his Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Cyrus (pictured above on back of tandem) lost his eyesight to a rare childhood cancer. Ross is also riding Obliteride’s 150-mile trek. On day two of the ride, he will pedal a tandem bike with Cyrus to the finish line at Magnuson Park. Their team is LEGISLATORS CRUSH CANCER.