With the close of the school year, Yellow Medicine East Special Education teacher Al Reszel could’ve decided to sit back, relax and enjoy the summer by soaking up the sun in a leisurely fashion that is certainly any hardworking school employee’s due. Instead, Reszel embarked on an epic first-time life event in the interest of raising awareness and monetary donations for an issue that has impacted some of those nearest and dear to his heart.

With the close of the school year, Yellow Medicine East Special Education teacher Al Reszel could’ve decided to sit back, relax and enjoy the summer by soaking up the sun in a leisurely fashion that is certainly any hardworking school employee’s due. Instead, Reszel embarked on an epic first-time life event in the interest of raising awareness and monetary donations for an issue that has impacted some of those nearest and dear to his heart.

On June 9, Reszel completed an epic first-time life event in the form a 517 mile, six day solo bike ride from Minneapolis to Chicago.  After months of research and training, Reszel traversed the miles on his quest to support his wife Terry and raise awareness and donations for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

Through his ride and newly formed organization, Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride, it was Reszel’s hope to raise  $5,000 to $10,000 in donations for the BCRF by June 30.  

To date, Reszel has raised just over $4,100. Individuals who would still like to donate to the campaign to help him reach his goal can do so by accessing the website listed at the the close of the article.

Terry’s story
Terry’s story of survival began in 2000 when she received the first of many calls regarding her mammogram results.  In 2001, after a courageous battle, Terry lost her cousin Cherry to breast cancer. From 2001 to 2009, Terry was forced to endure multiple biopsies and ultrasounds creating more and more cause for concern.  

Then in 2010, Terry was diagnosed with breast cancer.  While waiting on test results of yet another biopsy, Terry received a call from her doctor, informing her of the breast cancer diagnosis. Soon thereafter, Terry underwent a bilateral mastectomy.  Six years later, Terry counts her blessings and lives her life one day at a time.  Through it all, Terry’s husband Al and family were there to support her each step of the way.

Al Reszel
Reszel, 57, is an avid outdoorsman and bicycle enthusiast, living with his wife Terry in Richmond.  Both Al and Terry were born and raised in Chicago’s south suburbs, but for the last 22-years, have been residents of Minnesota.  After 29 years as a business executive and trainer for companies the likes of Well Fargo and Great Western Bank, Reszel made a bold decision to leave Corporate America, go back to school and get his Master Degree in Special Education.  After earning his degree from Bemidji State University, Reszel began working as a Special Education teacher at Yellow Medicine East High School.

Reszel has been teaching for five years now, loves working with ‘his kids' and looks forward to many more years of working with his students.  When he isn’t teaching or riding his bicycle, he spends time with his wife, family and three precious grandchildren.   

For more information regarding ‘Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride’ and/or to find out how you … CAN SAVE A LIFE, please visit the official ‘Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride’ website at http://www.pinkpedals4acure.org.  To donate, please visit the ‘Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry's Ride’ BCRF fundraising page at http://give.bcrfcure.org/PinkPedals4ACure.