It seems too simple to just say that I would not be who am I today if it wasn't for Matt Bradley, because there are so many complicated emotions behind that statement. Matt gave me my passion for cycling and the platform to follow my dreams, but it was all of the other things he taught me about life that have shaped the person I've become. Matt was the most selfless and caring person I've ever know. He devoted his life to fighting for social justice and change. Words will never quite capture what he did and what he meant to all of the people who's lives he touched. Personally Matt taught me to open my eyes, to see everything and everyone just as they are, without the clouded lens of social norms and stereotypes. He taught me to celebrate my own differences and be proud of them instead of striving so hard to fit into a box created by ignorance and fear. That in itself was the greatest gift Matt gave me, to be completely and unabashedly myself.
I miss you everyday Matt, but I know you are always with me. Sending all my love to the Bradley family today and always.