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Ride With a Buddy Makes Friends for Life

Surprising Connection Between Annual Riders

Ride with a Buddy is one of Tomorrow’s Hopes loudest, most heartwarming events. Survivors and people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses are matched with a buddy for a fun, group ride on a motorcycle or in a classic car. It’s a chance for everyone to forget their health struggles for a little while and just enjoy the moment.

Years ago, Karen Wolff – after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma – was matched with a buddy for the motorcycle ride. Chris Woods looked like a burly tough guy, but Karen felt an instant connection – he reminded her of her son. It was an emotional ride for Karen, and the two became friends.

Fast forward to the present day and Karen, having survived for 15 years, is in “watch and wait” mode. She gets regular checkups and plans to be around to see her grandchildren graduate high school, college and even marry.

Her buddy though, is facing his own challenge: cancer. Chris is now battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the same cancer Karen faced.

Chris admits the disease beat him up a bit, but he’s become stronger. He’s winning his fight with the support of friends like Kathy, and his family, especially his wife, Debbie. She says that Chris would rather have a million friends than a million dollars, and that’s proved true.

During the last Ride with a Buddy, Chris and Karen rode together again, but this time as a team, and friends for life. Watch how Chris and Karen’s friendship grew stronger.

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