Name: Cyndi Fila
Occupation: Specialty District Sales Manager Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America
Hobbies/Interests: cycling, traveling, reading, gardening, working out,
Family info (how many kids,married, etc): I am newly married to Darin Fila. We have an 11 year old daughter named Kylie.
How long have you been cycling: two years in October 2010
Why ride the RFSF?
I ride the RFSF to give back to those who have given so very much for my freedom and the freedom of those around the world. Our freedom is invaluable yet is something we take for granted. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq opened my eyes to several things; the sacrifices our military men and women make to protect our country and what it takes to protect who we are as a people and nation. A large majority of those currently serving in the military are my age or younger. I marvel at their bravery and sacrifice. To be honest, I could never do what they do. The RFSF allows me to give back and in my own small way say thanks to the men and women who serve and have served. 430 miles on a bike is nothing compared to what these amazing individuals do each day.
What does the military mean to you?
The military means strength, honor, courage, pride, discipline and FREEDOM. The US Military is the greatest in the world.
What is the greatest thing about living in this country? The freedom and opportunity we have. So many in the world have never known and will never know freedom and liberty as we know it.
What is your fund-raising goal this year: $20,000
How did you feel when you rode across the finish line last year?
Euphoric! I couldn’t believe I pedaled every mile. (not every mile was much to brag about) I felt an amazing sense of pride and accomplishment because I had never tested myself physically like I did during the Ride for Semper Fi.
If you did not ride…how do you think you will feel when you finish.
Why do you think these events are important?
These events are critical for several reasons.
a. Bottom line…we have a responsibility to take care of our military men and women! The number of soldiers returning from battle in need of care and assistance is astounding. Their needs are vast and often require more than what the military affords them upon their return. We must do everything we can to make sure those returning from war have what they need to heal and continue on with life.
b. Events like RFSF raise awareness with riders, family, friends, and all who contribute. The RFSF allowed me to better understand our military, the sacrifices they make and the efforts being made to help them upon return from battle. It also offers a tangible way for ordinary citizens to give back to those who serve.
c. The RFSF is critically important because it allows us to be part of something much bigger than ourselves. So often we get caught up in our own lives and forget about the importance of helping others in need. Being part of The Ride allowed me to focus on something much greater than myself and reminded me about the importance of service to others.
Misc: tell me anything you would like others to know about you or your feelings about the Ride for Semper Fi.
a. Although The Ride for Semper Fi allowed me to give to those in need it in the end gave me more than I could have imagined. I met incredible people that I came to know and love. The RFSF team is made up of amazing men and women I would do anything for at anytime. One of the highlights of the entire 2009 experience was meeting Ronnie, our honorary rider in 2009. Ronnie served as an inspiration to me during the ride and continues to to this day. Ronnie is a living example of patriotism, bravery, persistence, and gratitude. During challenging times over this last year I have often thought of what he has experienced to put my issues into perspective. To be a part of The Ride for Semper Fi is an absolute honor and is a life changing experience. It is worth every early morning ride, every saddle sore, and every tough hill you have to climb (especially when you get pushed up the hill by Chris Fussleman! J)