Posted by: Dana | 2010/04/06

April 5 – On Generosity and Gratitude

I want to take a moment and depart from the typical blog entry to express―and I hope this comes across as sincerely as I feel it―my profound gratitude and amazement at the support I have received on this journey. When I made the plunge and decided to register for the TDA, I knew I wanted to link my participation with my concern about and experience with melanoma (skin cancer). The donations that came in just blew me away.

Every time I log into the computer and read messages on email, this blog, or on Facebook, I am reminded how lucky I am to have such a loving and caring team on my side. As a result of this ride, and my associated fund-raising, I have reconnected with long-lost friends and relatives I never knew I had; I have been extraordinarily supported by friends from all areas of my life; and the extended network of support of friends of friends and friends of family has truly astonished and inspired me. I don’t think I needed to come and ride my bicycle across Africa to know how lucky I am, but this ride has certainly reinforced what I knew to be true―that I have an amazingly rich network of friends and a family that loves me unconditionally. The demonstration of support I have received buoys me during the tough times and I will carry this love and care with me far beyond Cape Town. I feel very, very fortunate.

If you have donated since my trip began, you will not yet find your name on the donors list on this blog, nor will you have received a personal thank you. Please understand that because of internet challenges, I can’t thank each of you as quickly as I would like to–but trust that your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.


  1. you go girl!

  2. Love you, Dana. Big love. I feel yours right back!

  3. Dane, You very exciting that you are crossing into SA – I am wonderfully proud of you. Cape Town is magnificent. Try to make it to Robbin Island.

    Cannot wait until you are safely arrived at home. Come to us in NOLA as soon as you are able.

    Love you,


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