Six years ago, President & CEO of Denver Rescue Mission, Brad Meuli, and I were casually talking about a solo cross country bike trip that I made in 1999. Out of that conversation, Break the Cycle was born. It took a few years, several scouting trips, and many meetings over burritos to get the event off the ground, but I’m proud to have been a part of all three rides in some capacity: support driver, “cow bell ringer,” first aid provider, and rider.
It’s fitting that my blog post this year comes near the end of this year’s ride, as my time at Denver Rescue Mission is also nearing its end. In the middle of August, the Petrie family will be relocating to Southern California for new opportunities and closer family ties.
While this time is exciting, it doesn’t come without some sadness. Working the past nine years with the clients and staff at the Mission has been one of my greatest joys in life. Seeing and sharing in the success of others has been incredibly rewarding, none of which would have been possible without your remarkable support. Thank you.