Pedal the Cause

I'm riding: Metric Century

Saturday Start time:

Sunday Start time: 7:30 am

Team: Biking Vikings

ID: 155679

Lifetime total: $7,923.00

I am riding In Memory of John Ferrara.


I am an OB/GYN, and advise women all the time about their health issues, screening tests, and healthy lifestyle. I see patients that are affected by cancers, I have given women the news that they have cancer. But none of that prepares you to be on the receiving end of those words. In May, I went for my screening mammogram. I was stunned when the radiologist told me he thought we should take a closer look with an ultrasound. I was even more shocked when he wanted to biopsy it. I have no family history, I nursed my babies, I don't smoke, I exercise...surely this was going to be nothing. Unfortunately, it was something. I was diagnosed with an early stage breast cancer. It is not invasive, and I am scheduled for mastectomy on August 4. Fortunately, the surgery should be curative.

I am posting this for 2 reasons. First, I am riding in Pedal the Cause this year. I am planning to do 62 miles, but it depends on how badly the surgery knocks me off my game. And I would love some help raising funds for this organization. Second, if you are due for your mammogram (or any other cancer screening test) please get it scheduled.