Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: 25 miles

Team: Powered by Hope

ID: 131588

Lifetime total: $48,022.78


I am riding In Memory of Lorraine Hirsch & Eleanor Bush.

I am riding In Honor of Mary Lou Dwyer & Brendan Davis.

WHY I'M INSPIRED

In May 2019, at 31 years old, I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer. No family history. Not one risk factor. To say I was completely and utterly shocked would be an understatement. Cancer is devastating to everyone it touches, not only the cancer patient, but his or her caregivers, family and friends. During treatment, I so badly wanted to connect with other people who knew exactly what I was going through and how I felt as I fought for my life. PTC provided me that platform to meet other patients, survivors and caregivers. PTC has been a continued source of Hope in my life. A resource where I have met and befriended countless amazing people, and an organization that is near and dear to my heart, because I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and goal to live in a world without cancer.

I am so excited to be a Featured Fighter this year (video below). Sadly, I am an example that early onset, young adult cancer is not uncommon. Cancer does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone. As I currently navigate survivorship, I have experienced first hand the heartbreaking reality of what cancer can take from someone as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My life with cancer did not end when I rang the bell in December 2019 following 5 rounds of radiation and 12 rounds of chemotherapy. Rather, learning to live fully, despite cancer, has been my focus moving forward with the daily reminder that it is a privilege to have survived something of this magnitude.

I am forever motivated by the idea that we can one day live in a world without cancer. I am certain it is possible to do so, but it demands action in order to see it come to fruition. I hope you will join me in my efforts to continually fund world-class research so less people have to feel the immense pain that accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

Together, we can make an impact. Together, we are Powered by Hope.

Love, Joanna


MY PTC HISTORY

2019
2020