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Oct 14, 2020

My Parents are Rockstars.

this past weekend, my parents rode the philadelphia ride to conquer cancer.  (if you're new to my blog, you can read a little bit more about my dad's journey with cancer here.)  together with my uncle matt, they raised over $8,500 and each of them rode nearly 150 miles in 2 days.

they joined over 500 other riders and in total, $1.9 million dollars was donated to the abramson cancer center at the university of pennsylvania!  that money will be used to fund research that is seeking a cure and creating new, cutting-edge therapies.

while i so wished i was on a bike with them, i got to lead the cheerleading squad and cheered team gettis at every pit stop.  saturday started off miserably wet and cold, but they rode, so we cheered...and then sunday ended up being a beautiful day, and our crew just kept getting larger at each stop.  it was awesome to see these three push through (you would never know my dad is battling this disease!) and keep pedaling.

here they are crossing the finish line!  i think we all cried...it was such an awesome moment to see them ride through, and i am so so proud of them!

here's my dad and my brother....everyone was decked out in their "team gettis" gear (designed by yours truly!)

a "we did it!" hug!

probably one of the best photos of my parents ever...they are so great!

my  mom had a card with the names of people she was riding in honor of tied to her bike....these are the names of current cancer survivors! (and of course, my dad's name is loud and proud at the top)

team gettis with our friend rachel, the marketing director for abramson!  she's awesome, and she and her husband rode as well!

have you or someone you know ever completed a mega-race like a marathon or a 150-mile+ bike ride?


  1. Wow, how terrific, that is awesome for them!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  2. That's AWESOME Betsy - the length of the ride AND the amount they raised!! Hooray!!

  3. I think it's absolutely ASTOUNDING that your parents did that! They are most definitely rockstars AND heroes!

  4. Wow this is amazing!!! So inspiring and your shirt design is awesome :)

  5. This is so great! Those shirts are awesome. I'm so impressed by how much they raised! And how far they rode! I can see why you are so proud.

  6. Kudos to them. This is amazing and I love seeing people come together for a good cause. i wish your dad all the luck in the world!!

  7. Amazing!! My husband has participated in a tri-athlon before :)

  8. that's awesome! i'd love to complete a triathlon! that's a huge accomplishment!

  9. awe thanks Jenna! They are amazing :)

  10. well thanks friend! they are both incredibly inspiring! i'm lucky to be their daughter :)

  11. I couldn't agree more! they're rockstars!!!

  12. I loved following along with this journey with your social media posts. So proud!


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