Mom Rebecca Dalrymple will have a sponsor in this year's Closer to Free Ride as she fights the fight of her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I would be lying if I said this wasn’t the most emotional journey in my life," Dalrymple told NBC Connecticut. "I have two young children, 7 and 9, so they really keep me going."
Dalrymple was diagnosed in March and is now a patient at Smilow Cancer Hospital's Breast Center. She had a double mastectomy, but the cancer had spread.
"I’m about to be 40. So I just thought my body was changing," Dalrymple said. "I noticed some dimpling. So those things made me go to my OB/GYN."
Closer to Free Ride is just a few weeks away on September 8 and raises money for cancer research. On ride day, Dalrymple will be celebrating nearing the end of her treatments.
Bank of America, where Dalrymple works, is the presenting sponsor for its fifth year. One of her coworkers, Matt Incitti, is riding along with Bank of America for people in his life and Rebecca Dalrymple.
"It is a tough day out there to ride 100 miles, but it’s nothing compared to what people have gone through to fight this terrible disease," Incitti said. "Rebecca is amazing. As you can see her smile is contagious. She’s a fighter.”
Dalrymple says her children keep her fighting each day.
"That’s a big reason about why am so positive," said Dalrymple. "I have these two beautiful children to live for.”
NBC Connecticut is a proud media sponsor of the Eighth Closer to Free Ride on Saturday September 8.