My name is Kristin Carpenter-Ogden, and I've committed myself to training for, and racing, the 2018 Leadville 100 mountain bike race on August 11, to raise money to fight Lymphoma.
This effort is to honor my parents. My amazing Dad, Fred Carpenter, lost his life to Lymphoma in February, 2018. I also lost my Mother, Ellen, to Lymphoma in 1984, when I was 13 years old. The absolutely huge void of loss and the heavy sadness are surprisingly similar despite experiencing these losses as such different times in my life.
What it comes down to is time. I wish I had more time with both of my parents, especially my Dad. He left us too soon and we all had so much more to share with him.
My Dad Fred was a lifelong athlete and showed up 110% to fight his cancer, straight through to the end. His courage, humility and will throughout the arduous time of his treatment were unmatched.
Lymphoma, please know that I have quite a sizable chip on my shoulder for you. In fact, hell hath no fury like a motivated athlete intent on making a result count. What’s a successful result of my fundraising effort? Donating money to fund research, resources and of course, a cure for Lymphoma
It’s my deep hope that doing so will give families embattled with this disease MORE TIME with their loved ones.
Because that’s what we all wanted with my Dad.
The Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race is arguably the highest and hardest one-day mountain bike race in the world. I’m digging deep to prepare for and race this event, and connecting with my Father’s tenacity and spirit daily through it all. I hope you'll support me and help me raise $2,500, or more in the fight against Lymphoma. Thank you so much for your support -- LET'S DO THIS!
** I also want to add that my brother John Carpenter of Houston, Texas, and his kids, Dan and Megan, will be part of my support crew at the race, as well as my own kids, Tobin and Isabella Ogden. I want to thank my family, especially my husband Jared, for his support of my training and this race.
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