Monday, April 11, 2011

You know what else Keri and I have in common?

By: Robyn Weinbaum

Dear Keri
We’re both talented, tall, beautiful, rich, hanging with the Kardashians and the Hiltons, Paris and Perez, frequenting hot spots from South Beach to the South Bank.  Yes, that’s us, Keri and Robyn, living the life others read about waiting in line at the supermarket, checking out the Onion or trolling the Daily Buzz.

Not ! Oh, Keri and I have lots in common, to the point that I wonder if we are twins separated at birth. We love purple, We never sleep, We think any variant of red hair is the ONLY kind of hair to have, to the point that we get bulk rate discounts from L’Oreal and Clairol.  Except when we go with purple, because purple hair is kinda cool, too.

And we are not cyclists.

Nope, no way, no how, are we cyclists.  Not by any definition you will find in Meriam-Webster, at Bicycling Magazine, on Hal Downing’s newsletter, at or at or or or Okay, maybe by BikeSnob’s definition we are cyclists, but not by any other. We play with them, hang with them, adore them, yell at them, even sleep with them, but we are not cyclists. 

We ride bikes because we like it. We think nothing of ‘dropping and giving us 150 plus miles’ for an MS150, but we are not cyclists. We don’t like to get sweaty. We don’t like working that hard or looking icky or, god forbid, maybe breaking one of our perfectly manicured fingernails or running our mascara. Smudging lipstick is okay, we do that lots because we really like kissing cyclists, from the Pro 1/2s down to the itty-bitty pre-juniors and the babies in the burleys.

You know what else Keri and I have in common? Cancer.

Keri lives it and I live in fear of it.  Keri reminds me every day that I am multiple high and one report away from the release handle on the guillotine, that the ‘benign finding’ report I received in yesterday’s mail might be superceded by the uterine biopsy report I will get at 9 am Monday. And the frisson on the edge of that blade? 

Neither of us have medical insurance. Did you know that a routine breast MRI costs $1200 if you pay cash but they charge the insurance companies $1800 for the same service? That most doctors will discount the  standard cost of a visit’ from $150 to $80 if you pay cash/credit card?  That even pharmaceuticals can be purchased at a discount if you sign up for an uninsured plan at Walgreen’s or get them shipped from Canada? I guess that’s kind of a bargain except if you have insurance, if you are in a pool, that cost gets spread over all the members, it does not come directly from the money you’ve set aside to pay the rent or the car loan or even the electric bill. Gee whiz, I love a bargain.
I know the numbers, the stress and distraction of juggling finances and schedules and treatments. I look at Keri, who lives every moment in joy, who loves her son, her Bill, who would not change a thing except to make this cancer go away and stay away, like a head rolling out of the zinc lined straw basket, off the platform and onto the ground for the waiting hordes to use it as a soccer ball.

Team-Keri with "Keri" at the Tampa Crit.

If you are reading this, you are here, with us, in this moment, living this with Keri.

We love you, Keri. I love you, Keri. Anything you need, I’m here. I’ll even wear that mustard colored shirt.

Who picked that background color, anyway?



Plochman said...

I got word the other day that time is getting short, Keri's blood work shows that she needs to get started on this next round of treatment pretty quick so let's keep working the Team-Keri project and get the funds raised we need to see this thing through.

Thanks for the Team_Keri story Robyn ;-)

Michael Ploch

This site is dedicated to .........

This site is dedicated to my dear friend Keri who is battling Cancer.

With Keri bing a deeply private person when it comes to her personal struggles, I have set the site up for others to tell their own stories of how Keri has touched their lives.

Please take a moment to read through them and consider giving whatever you can to support the Team Keri project, $ 5.00, $ 10.00 or whatever you see fit to give, it's all very much appreciated.

Heres is a story Keri sent me to help you better understand what's going on in her world.

In Her Own Words

"The Luckiest Girl In The World"

Please take a moment to read it.

Make a Contribution

Thank you for supporting Team Keri !

Donation Amount

Recieve a Free Team Keri T-Shirt when you give $ 25.00 or more !

Donation Amount
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Contact Information

Checks can be mailed directly to the bank and made out to Keri Burns.
Put account # 39924 in the notes line.

San Antonio Federal Credit Union
37925 Church Ave.
Dade City , FL 33525

Cards and letters can be mailed to to following:

Jill Finnerty Ricardo
13811 9th Street
Dade City, FL 33525

Put Attention: Keri on the front

It's ok to combine letters and checks to the letters going directly to Keri, we can see they get deposited into her account as well.



$ 13,200.00 + Raised So Far


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