Why I Ride: Michelle Krall
Michelle Krall is no stranger to cycling events for charity – she remembers one October as a child, bundled up in so many layers that her legs could hardly pedal, striving to reach 100 laps for the Special Education Learning Facility in her hometown. Since then, her passion for fundraising and working with a community has only grown. She is an avid cyclist in her spare time, and began participating in 24 Foundation four years ago.
Michelle got involved when her friend, who has a rare form of Leukemia, told her that her husband rode in the event in it’s first year in Indianapolis. Michelle quickly fell in love with 24 Foundation and the cause behind it.
During this time, Michelle also found out that her uncle was diagnosed with stomach and pancreatic cancer, making the ride that much more important to her. He was a devoted bike rider as well, and Michelle says will ride in honor of him every year she is able.
“I ride for those who are fighting and who have survived cancer,” says Michelle. “They are the true heroes. My fundraising and promotion of the event is so minimal comparatively speaking to their fight.”
Michelle says that she appreciates the amazing people she has met through 24 Foundation when they share their passion to #FightasOne. As individuals from different backgrounds come together—whether they cycle regularly or pull out a beach cruiser once a year—the intense camaraderie and thirst for a cancer-free world cannot be duplicated.
It is important to Michelle that the money raised stays local, as it benefits the IU Simon Cancer Center right in Indianapolis.
“24 Foundation impacts the community by allowing bike riders the opportunity to take their passions and use it to help those in need,” Michelle said.
Register now to join Michelle June 24-25th on the Booty Loop!