My name is Jessica Kwiatowski and I am the Team Captain of Team Chi-Town Cyclists for the fourth year in a row in Tour de Pink West Coast! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2009. I was a busy mom of a four year old boy and six year old daughter when my seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt.
I had been cycling to work and also to my doctor appointments. Biking to my biopsy however, was not the best move, considering I had no idea that I would be biking to my office with a super sore chest. Ignorance was bliss. After numerous surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and a year of Herceptin, I heard about Tour de Pink. I heard survivors may even get a new bike - my bike was old and the idea of a new road bike was intriguing. I had just completed a three-day walk and after staying in a tent for two nights I vowed not to do THAT again. When I heard you stay in hotels at Tour de Pink, I signed on!
Prior to riding in Tour de Pink I had never clipped in or rode more than 15 miles. Last year I completed my first century (100 mile) ride. Never in a million years would I have envisioned myself ever doing the century. I am really proud of my achievement and my involvement with Young Survival Coalition.
I am often asked why I do the ride. Aside from the great cause, the amazing riders and all of the volunteers, the view is the most stunning on earth! I am drooling just thinking about the mountains and the ocean, California dreaming… 200 miles takes me up and down mountains along the most beautiful coast on the planet and I cannot wait until October!