A couple of years ago, Lyndsay Sheehan didn't even own a bicycle; she hadn't ridden one since she was a kid.
But now, Sheehan, a 23-year-old South Setauket resident, is preparing to ride her second 100-mile bicycle trip between Babylon and Montauk in support of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation.
"There was just something inside me that told me I had to do this," she said. "Still to this day I don’t know what it is. Something, somewhere, told me I needed to do this."
On Friday, Sheehan is throwing a fundraiser party at T.J. Halpin's at Heatherwood Golf Course to help her achieve her goal of raising $1,650 for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin's disease research.
There is no cover charge at the door, and guests will enjoy a free buffet. Basket raffles and a 50/50 will enable Sheehan to raise money. Among the prizes are a signed Eli Manning poster, a free boat rental from Strong's Marina, and gift cards to places like Setauket Pastaria, Pace's Steakhouse, J&R's Steakhouse, and more. T.J. Halpin's is donating the space and the food. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the band Slightly Damaged Goods will play classic rock starting at 8 p.m.
When Sheehan tells people about her ride, the first question she gets asked is whether she knows anyone who has suffered from the disease. She said she didn't at first, but later found out she had relatives who have.
Training for the ride, which will take place June 16, has made her feel pretty good both physically and intellectually.
"Physically I feel healthy, strong. It’s nice to be out and get fresh air when you can and be with people who make it enjoyable," she said. "Everybody’s there for the same reason. It kind of makes it special."