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  1. Cara
    Cara October 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm | | Reply

    I’m so proud of you! I am crying as I read this. God shows up in the most unexpected ways from the most unexpected places EXACTLY when we need Him. I’m so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother, but I know God is smiling down on you and she is with Jesus basking in His Glory. ((((hugs))))

  2. Mike Hoskins
    Mike Hoskins October 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | | Reply

    Congrats on the 70 miles, Victoria! Sounds like an incredible journey and experience, and you had some outstanding company (physically and in spirit) along the way. God Bless. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

  3. Colleen
    Colleen October 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm | | Reply

    And your grandmother is so very proud of you!
    You made me cry but that’s okay as they’re tears of joy because – You Did It!
    You rode, you helped raise money for a cure!
    You are an amazing young woman!

  4. Cherise
    Cherise October 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm | | Reply


    I’m proud of you!!! I’m sorry about your Grandmother! my thoughts and prayers are with you. hugs

  5. Kerri.
    Kerri. October 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm | | Reply

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, Victoria. But I am so, so proud of you for what you’ve accomplished on this ride, both physically and emotionally. You are amazing. (( hugs ))

  6. jenny
    jenny October 22, 2012 at 1:38 am | | Reply

    Hey! I took your photo with renae and elizabeth at badwater. I thought you were sisters. Your post is so touching. I lost both my grandpas a year ago and could feel tears reading yourpost because I can so well remember that pain of being so far. I also know that pikes peak mental pain. And the crying the last mile. You’re amazing it was an honor to meet you!

  7. Jasmine
    Jasmine October 22, 2012 at 7:21 am | | Reply

    Amazing job pushing through and riding 70 miles! I am so sorry that you lost your grandmother. I hope you are proud of yourself for what you accomplished!

  8. QuarkSpin
    QuarkSpin October 22, 2012 at 7:57 am | | Reply

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Grandmother, Victoria. The appearance of Dan at the right time/place with the right words to share could only be a “divine appointment”. Wow. May God’s grace and peace continue to shower down upon you as you continue your life’s journey. Thank you for sharing this moment with us.

  9. Brian
    Brian October 22, 2012 at 8:40 am | | Reply

    You are an amazing person. You did awesome. Know you and yours are in my prayers.

  10. Karen Petersen
    Karen Petersen October 22, 2012 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    Amazing the people He puts in our paths, isn’t it? Dan and the others were there with the right words, right spirits — and the right tattoo — right when you needed them. Congratulations! See you soon :)!

  11. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson October 22, 2012 at 8:56 am | | Reply


    What a weekend. You must have had all sorts of emotions pulling at you from all sorts of directions.

    You are an amazing person, and I’m so proud of you for doing all that you’ve done!

  12. Jeff
    Jeff October 22, 2012 at 9:10 am | | Reply

    You should have so much pride in the ride you did. It was a hard event, and you did so well. That bike you were riding easily made it 50% harder for you than the rest of us. There’s your 105 miles right there!

  13. Stacey D.
    Stacey D. October 22, 2012 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    I am so, so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. My condolences to you and your family. However you did a truly courageous thing this weekend. Way to go Victoria! You should be so very proud of yourself. We are all so proud of you :)

  14. StephenS
    StephenS October 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm | | Reply

    Victoria… so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Considering everything you were dealing with, 70 miles is remarkable. You are a champion.

  15. PrincessLadyBug
    PrincessLadyBug October 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm | | Reply

    Of course your Grandmother is proud of you. ALL of us are. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Geez, I get winded DRIVING 70 miles. 😛

    I’m so proud of you. Really, I couldn’t be prouder of you. I seriously want to be you when I grow up. Except that I’m 14 years older than you & will probably never grow up. 😀

    Love you, kiddo!!!

  16. Sarah
    Sarah October 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm | | Reply

    I’m so proud of everything you accomplished this weekend. I am so glad that I was at the finish line to see you and hand you your medal!! You did awesome and can’t wait for Nashville next year!

  17. Sara
    Sara October 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm | | Reply

    You did it! I love the instant friendship and family that developed on the ride just because you guys were all experiencing the same thing together.

    I am so proud of you and am thankful I got to meet your grandma last Thanksgiving.

  18. shannon
    shannon October 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm | | Reply

    what an amazing experience, thank you so much for sharing.

    i am so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, but you know she’s proud of what you’ve accomplished!

  19. K2
    K2 October 23, 2012 at 8:16 am | | Reply

    I am so proud of everything you accomplished and I’m incredibly inspired by your spiritual, mental, and physical strengths.
    Kelly K

  20. Nancy Patrick
    Nancy Patrick October 23, 2012 at 9:27 am | | Reply


    Thank you for sharing your experience of the ride in Death Valley from a very personal physical and emotional point of view. You have every reason to be happy that you rode 70 miles. Some people would/could not have been able to rise above the emotional struggle you were facing to get on the bike that day. I applaud you, Victoria. You are a winner!

    Nancy (Jeff’s mom)

  21. scully
    scully October 24, 2012 at 6:06 am | | Reply

    This is a journey not many get to participate in. You did it for yourself and to prove to the world what diabetes can do. DESPITE everything.

    And isn’t Jeff the best hugger EVER?! That man is a shining star!

    congrats. You.Should.Be.PROUD!

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