If the cycling world seems a little subdued today, it might be due to the passing of Susan Nelson after a hard-fought battle against cancer.
Her husband is Elden Nelson, better known as the author of the immensely popular Fat Cyclist blog. Although he writes primarily about the humorous side of bicycling, he introduced us to Susan's illness and reported on her ups and downs fighting the disease.
Wednesday night he posted a short story about Susan's death, entitled “Don't say she lost.” He talked about how she inspired him in his writing and inspired more than 500 others to join Team Fatty in the LiveStrong Challenge. They raised more than $500,000 in the fight against cancer.
As I went around doing what I do today, I frequently thought about my friends and family who have died of cancer, and the huge voids left by their passing. My deepest condolences to the Nelson family.
Update, Aug. 9: David Schloss over at Bike Hugger blog suggests making Saturday, Aug. 23, International Win for Susan Day. Wear Fat Cyclist or LiveStrong clothing or hold a homemade sign and take a picture of yourself, posting in on Twitter with the tag #win4Susan. Then go to LiveStrong Foundation and make a donation.