First week of training done. One success, one … “better luck next time.”
The farther you live from Seattle, the more the cyclist-friendly roads begin to disappear. Luckily, our home is near the Interurban Trail
. The trail follows the route used by the former Interurban Trolley
that ran between Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and Everett in the early 20th century until being abandoned in 1939.
“My wife is my hero,” says Kevin Reinkensmeyer. “After seeing what she went through with the surgery and recovery. The whole process was really hard on her and her body – and still is.”
He’s referring to Joanne Reinkensmeyer’s decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation which dramatically raises her risk of cancer. She was tested for the inherited gene after her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. To reduce her risk even further, she’s planning on having a hysterectomy as well.
Chris Nichols celebrated the tenth anniversary of his final cancer treatment this past April. The Tacoma man was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when he was 28 years old, while working as an Army nurse at Joint-Base Lewis McChord. He received his initial care at Madigan Army Medical Center and ultimately underwent radiation treatment and an autologous stem cell transplant through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
"We don't know ..."
A cancer patient hears these words too many times during their treatment. "We don't know what caused it. We don't know if this treatment will work. We don't know if your cancer will come back. We don't know how this treatment will damage your body." Patients and their families learn all too quickly how much is still unknown about cancer, even after decades of research trying to unravel this complicated disease.
Like any 6-year-old, Ian Gunnell was excited and a little nervous on his first day of school at Vinland Elementary in Poulsbo. First grade was a big deal. But suddenly, that milestone turned into the beginning of something much bigger and unexpected—the fight for Ian’s life.
Guest post by Cyrus Fiene
My motivation behind riding in Obliteride stems from losing my mother to cancer in 2013. Witnessing the pain and suffering she endured over nearly five years is something that no one should ever have to go through. That is the reason I ride, and the reason I have created a unique opportunity to support Obliteride and Fred Hutch research.
I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in July of 2012. I was devastated knowing there is no cure. My mom was diagnosed with the same cancer in 2001. She died one month later and I was sure my life would end like hers. Fortunately, advances in research at places like Fred Hutch have allowed me to live a very full and active life with cancer for nearly three years.
The diagnosis of cancer is personal. Suddenly there is urgency to my life.
Looking for an easy way to kickoff your fundraising? Offering delicious food for donations is always a winner. Check out how one rider raised BIG money with a simple chili feed. Good food plus great company equals goal achieved for Dave Dapelo!
OK, people, IT’S TIME to get serious about training and fundraising. Obliteride is just over 2 months away – but who’s counting?!
We’ve got tons of resources, tips and ideas to help make your training and fundraising fun and easy. We also bet you have some great ideas of your own.
Download our comprehensive 8-week Acceleration Plan
. This plan provides training and fundraising tips to help you feel successful on your bike and reach your fundraising goal – so you can have the best Obliteride experience possible. Stick to the plan and have fun. You can do this!
Join us for the Obliteride FRIENDraising party! Bring your friends, the more you bring, the more $ you raise. Help us rally new riders, earn some money and have fun Obliteride style.