Here are two stories of riders who are making an impact in The Ride to Conquer Cancer.
"I've been given the opportunity to live." - EileenIn early 2013, Eileen Doyle went to the doctor concerned about inconsistencies in her menstrual cycle. That March, at the age of 26, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer. A large tumor was removed, and later she had both of her ovaries removed. Eileen endured six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which took a huge toll on her and seriously affected the active lifestyle to which she was accustomed.
Participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer means everything to Eileen, not only to help her become more active again, but also to give back to her medical team at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center who saved her life. “It means everything to be able to give back to The Abramson Cancer Center and to share with my friends and family the amazing support that the staff gave me to help me get better.”
Eileen will tell anyone how much easier her visits are because even though she’s going to the hospital, it is a great atmosphere with staff that are welcoming and supportive to each individual patient. “I have been given the opportunity to live and with this new perspective I am determined to keep going with as positive of an attitude as I possibly can.”
Read more of Eileen's story on her participant page.
Kevin wants to raise money that stays local, to help local people with cancerKevin Kelly was diagnosed over 15 years ago with leukemia.
He was treated by David L. Porter, MD, at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, who is part of a comprehensive team of experts whose vision helped establish one of the oldest and largest Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Programs in the country. Fortunately, Kevin had a brother who was a match, which enabled him to undergo a successful bone marrow transplant and work towards recovery from his cancer.
About four years ago, during a routine bone marrow biopsy, Kevin’s doctors discovered that his cancer had returned. He is now on a daily medication that stabilizes his cancer, but it requires him to go to the hospital every 45 to 60 days for tests. It was during one of these checkups that he saw an advertisement for The Ride to Conquer Cancer and registered without hesitation. To be able to be part of supporting the research that helped provide Kevin with treatment options was all the motivation he needed.
“I’m happy to be a part of this ride so that I can share my own experiences at Penn and help raise money that stays local to help local people.”
Despite his treatments, Kevin feels great and is training regularly, now up to 65 miles in a single ride. Training helps him get through the psychological effects of his cancer by keeping him focused on positive health.
“Participating in The Ride is a goal. Not many people can ride 150 miles in a weekend, but with the training and support from The Ride guides, you will accomplish something great that will go towards a great cause.”
Read more of Kevin's story on his participant page.
Join the CrewAre you interested in getting involved in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, but don’t want to ride 150 miles? We still need you!
We are actively seeking people to join our crew team, volunteering to support the hundreds of riders along their route by:
- Providing snacks and meals on the route
- Setting up camp
- Providing medical care if you need it
- Marking the route with directional signage
- Driving our event vehicles
- Helping with route safety
- And much more!
Join us today and be part of a great team!
Learn more about becoming a crew member, or contact Bridget at 215-323-5005 or email@example.com.