Why We Ride
We ride to provide hope to all who have been touched by cancer, are in treatment, or are working hard to recover. Our message is simple; there is life after cancer.
In February of 2009 Bob was diagnosed with Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Life changed. They told him the prognosis was not good. But he never believed that. Throughout his journey he’s been an avid cyclist and he wasn’t going to let cancer stop him.
His treatment involved 6 months of intense chemotherapy followed by a high dose chemo/radiation prep and a stem cell transplant on October 27, 2009. His life-saving transplant was from an unrelated donor recruited by Be The Match at a donor drive at the University of Michigan years earlier. He has fought his way back to a full recovery thanks to his donor Jason, the wonderful medical staff at Winship, family, friends, and clients.
You have the power to cure blood cancer!
Too many patients are unable to find a match and be cured. We need to fix this, every patient counts! All of the money (100%) that is raised via the Be The Match Cycling Challenge will be used to add marrow donors to the registry.
It costs about $100 to do the lab testing that is required to add a donor to the registry. Your generous donations will give other patients the same opportunity for a second chance at life that Bob has enjoyed.
“I celebrated my 5th transplantiversary October 2014. My recovery has been remarkable due in large part to cycling. The journey back from the edge has been long and hard but very worthwhile.” – Bob
Since Bob’s transplant he has been riding his bike like it was his job. He’s living proof that bone marrow transplants do work. See for yourself, here are some of the organized rides he’s done in that time:
- September 2010: completed the Savannah Century (100 miles) with good friend Carl
- June 2011: Formed Team Lifeblood and biked from Boston to Key West unsupported (1790 miles) with his daughter Katie and good friend Carl
- 2012: rode 5,000 miles in the first ever Be The Match Cycling Challenge
- 2013: rode 200 miles in the 24 Hours of Booty Charlotte
- 2015: rode 555 miles from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL to Key West, FL
It’s true, marrow transplants are a cure! You can help save lives.