Petal the Petrified 2021 - The Virtual Tour
EVENT DATE: Aug 11, 2021
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Nov 18, 2021
FUNDRAISER SET UP DEADLINE: Aug 03, 2021
"I am a full-time student and as a widow with four young children. I go to school, work part time and take care of my family. I depend on my financial aid and scholarships as well as my federal work study pay to support myself and my family while I attend classes. I am a hard worker and very determined person. This scholarship would help me with the transportation costs of attending classes."
This year, plans were in place for a live 2021 Pedal the Petrified, but the Petrified Forest is not issuing special use permits, citing rising COVID numbers. Once again, NPC Friends and Family is planning a virtual ride, but this time, there is a special twist.
This year’s event will be a celebration of the life and spirit of our friend, Dr. Jon Graff, who helped students like Chelsea transform their lives, and the lives of their families, through need-based scholarships. Jon was also a tremendous inspiration to me and to many Pedal the Petrified riders for his will to live life on his own terms, not only in the face of terminal cancer, but in recovering from a devastating 2019 bike vs truck wreck that nearly ended his life. In homage to Jon’s practice of always sharing photos of flowers in his emails, we present “Petal” the Petrified. All proceeds will be added to the Jon Graff, Ph.D. Fund, which will become an endowment, assuring that his scholarships will be his lasting legacy. Please join me in creating your own Petal the Petrified fund raiser, and sharing it with your friends and family.
As Jon’s friend, Will Hoggan, so eloquently put it, ““Accordingly, he was a bicycle "rider" not a bicycle "racer." However, he did have one significant bike race he participated in. It was the race that included only three competitors: Jon, time, and cancer. The starting gun went off on April 1, 2019 when he got hit by the truck in Texas. The race was to heal fast enough to get back on the bike and ride before the cancer progressed to the point he was no longer able to ride, and before the cancer killed him. To his credit, he won that race! In a similar vein, each of us, cyclists or not, are in a three-participant race, with us, time, and death. The prize goes to the person who can do the most good in the world before our time runs out. One of the things I admire about Jon is that he won this second race as well, by leaving a legacy that will continue doing good even though he is gone (at least from this earth). Donating to scholarship funds, for all of us, is a great way to extend our legacy of doing good, whether or not our name is on an endowment or a scholarship fund.”
Thanks, Will, and thank you, Jon, for planting those seeds.