I'm riding: PTC Classic

Team: Team Ellen

ID: 114700

Lifetime total: $17,551.00

Start time: 9:30 am - Wave 3

I am riding In Memory of Pete Barrett.

I am riding In Honor of Kim Williams.


Generally, I find biking terribly uncomfortable and slightly boring, but cancer has been an unfortunate part of my family's story for as long as I can remember and there's nothing (short of running) I wouldn't do to support the facility that has worked tirelessly to keep my family alive.

My dad Pete (our team's namesake) was 46 years old when he was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer. He died four years later. Just one year after his death, my mom was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. She continues to seek treatment in St. Louis.

There were years that I hated Siteman for the torture facility I saw it as. I was convinced that it was my dad's spirit that allowed him to live and work for years beyond his most generous prognosis, not the grouchy doctors who bet against him. And that my mom's relentless positivity was the reason she continues to live well beyond any statistic for metastatic breast cancer would make you believe is possible. I am humbled by the resilience of my parents every day, but I am riding because I know that it is the doctors, researchers, and groundbreaking medicine at Siteman that have allowed my parents to defy odds.

Facilities like Siteman rarely exist outside of America's largest cities. For my parents, world-class care didn't come at the expense of leaving home, and the friends, family, and jobs they both loved. That immense privilege is one I think about often.

If not for Siteman Cancer Center, the hard years could have been so much harder and our time together briefer. It's hard to imagine a world without cancer. And, it's hard to imagine that I am capable of riding 37 miles in an afternoon. Nevertheless, I'm excited to try, and we could use your support. If you're interested in contributing to Team Ellen, you can use this link to donate. Every bit helps.