Terri’s Teal Wheels

June 19, 2014

Teal Wheels Team 1By Meghan Connolly

One year after losing my mother, Terri Rogers Connolly, to ovarian cancer, I decided to continue the battle by promoting awareness, not only in honor of her but for all the women affected or who will be affected by the disease in the future. As an avid cyclist, I connected with a cycling-apparel company, Primal Wear, to design a custom cycling jersey with an ovarian cancer awareness idea. Our Teal Wheels theme was born, and Primal Wear offered to donate 15% of every jersey sold to an organization of my choice. I donated the cut of proceeds from the 30 jerseys we sold to HERA because I thought the cycling-jersey idea resonated with HERA’s mission of encouraging women and girls to become and/or continue to be active.

Teal Wheels Team 3

In July 2013, eight people including my dad, with our Teal Wheels team jerseys, took off for Iowa to participate in the weeklong RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Ride Across Iowa). With over 10,000 riders covering over 400 miles, riding bikes from the west to east side of the state, there couldn’t have been a better stage to spread the ovarian cancer information. Our presence did not go unnoticed, from the power of our team pace line as we rode from town to town, to walking around refuel stops and being approached by people from all over the country curious to know our story of why we rode with Teal Wheels jerseys. Each and every member of our team is proud to wear our jerseys any time we ride, knowing that we are supporting HERA’s aim, supporting the women still battling, and as a tribute to somebody who instilled a passion for an active lifestyle in myself, my mother.

NOTE:  The Connolly Family have generously donated two of the Teal Wheels bike jerseys to HERA.  Buy them this weekend at the Climb4Life CO silent auction and you could be part of the team!  Look for the Connolly Family at the Climb4Life in Boulder and be sure to say hi!

Teal Wheels Team 4

 

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