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Ride for One Goal

As you know, Pelotonia has been an emotional ride. Pun intended. Fundraising for 2018 has wrapped up and our peloton rode their fundraising hearts out. The following is a message from Ben Hartings, our peloton captain and fellow cancer survivor. Rather than restating, I will share his words. Again, thank you to everyone who contributed and keep those we ride for in your prayers. Consider this an open invitation to join us next year.

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836 Survivors Out of 8470

Almost 10%. We drove out of Columbus toward home. Moving a little slow and happy to have that latte, but still glowing with the sense of accomplishment. What an incredible experience. Pelotonia 2018. On Saturday morning before dawn, we wrote the names of those we were riding for in red Sharpie on the backs of our legs. We all know someone who has or has had cancer. Janice was still at The James following lung cancer surgery the previous day. She is now home and doing well. We now know one of our fellow riders was her surgeon. Save a life Friday, 100 miles Saturday, a little late for rounds on Sunday morning. We understand why. Jessica joined in the...

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One Goal

As the warm water streamed over my face I could taste the salt. I could see the grit flowing. I was elated. The general consensus of the ladies in the communal locker room was that it was a life changing experience. The second one today. This event has changed our lifestyle. Doug and I head out after work to ride the bike trails until dusk, then find some food and settle in to watch an episode, rather than binge watch all evening. We are stronger. We have learned. Who knew a bike fitting makes a huge difference? What is Chamois Butt’r exactly and what will it do for me? Never, ever go cheap on bike shorts.  I write this as...

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Inspired to Ride

 I just received my survivor jersey. I don't believe I have ever thought of those two words together in a sentence before. Survivor. Jersey. Survivor. Honestly, I struggle with referring to myself as a cancer survivor. My journey was blessed with a treatment that began with the skilled hands of my surgeon conscientiously removing every bit of cancer. Followed by my oncologist offering "You can now officially say you had cancer." I didn't feel like a victim. Really. To me, survivor brings to mind the will of the human spirit to overcome horrible atrocities. This wasn't a that.  The next step was to do what we could to prevent a recurrence. Five months of chemotherapy followed by radiation to eradicate any cells that might...

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5 Reasons NOT to Get A Mammogram This Year

It's October. My birthday, my fathers birthday, my grandaughters birthday, and pink ribbons everywhere. Yes, the pink ribbons make us think about scheduling that mammogram. Without an annual mammogram my outcome, which was excellent, from the treatment of breast cancer may have been very different. 

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