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Go the Distance 2012

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BENEFITING: TEAM WILL

ORGANIZER: TEAM WILL

EVENT DATE: Jun 23, 2012

Riley Adams

THE STORY:

I have been involved in cycling for about two and a half years. The Pelotonia is a 180 mile grassroots bike tour that raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State James Cancer Research Center. It runs from downtown Columbus, Ohio to Athens and then back in two days. The first time I heard of Pelotonia was in 2008, right after the death of my little sister, Eden Rae, to Neuroblastoma. I saw the ad to “Ride with Lance Armstrong” and looked at my aunt, and said, “I want to do that.”   

I didn’t really know what emotions I was going through; it was all pretty complicated. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t feel sadness, and I didn’t feel relief – it was a numbness. So, that summer, I wanted something to get me out of the state I was in, and I wanted to do something for somebody. I realized that this was something I could do, something I could give back. I could get my life back on track and I could help people.  

I didn’t care it was going to be 180 miles in two days. Despite the fact that I had never ridden more than five miles on a bike, and that the only one I had access to was my dad’s dusty old road bike, Pelotonia reached out and tugged at all the emotions coursing through me, and solidified them into one unavoidable goal.   

It is an awesome challenge of physical and mental strength as we battle the hills and heat. In no way am I trying to imply is was a simple walk in the park for me, but by my third year, after all the pain and agony, I rolled in the final finish line first. Out of 5000 people I came first. I had a reason to be motivated just like all the other 5000 riders did. Some had lost loved ones to cancer, some were battling and winning, some were terminal and others just wanted to exercise with friends. Whatever their reason, they all had one goal; end cancer. I’m 17 years old, rode the Pelotonia 180 mile course for three years, and have raised over $30,000.00 for cancer research.  

I first heard about Team Will when I was in Washington, D.C. lobbying with my family for Curesearch. My father’s fiancée, Jessica, has two children named Hannah and Duncan. Hannah was in treatment the same year as Eden with Rhabdomyosarcoma which is another pediatric cancer. Thankfully Hannah has been Ned (no evidence of disease) since 2008. In June of 2008, we all traveled to D.C. to speak to our Congressmen about funding for childhood cancer.  On the steps of the Capitol, we were having a hard time keeping Eden and Hannah feeling well. We stopped to take a break, and saw all of these cyclists walking up the steps of the Capitol. They said they had cycled all the way from San Diego, stopping to visit children with cancer along the way!  Hannah and Eden were asked to sign their jerseys. I never would have guessed in just one short year, I would be a cyclist, too.   

That’s why I want to ride with Team Will. I am willing to dedicate my life to helping work toward a cancer free world, and it is a way of coming full circle in the journey I’ve had since I lost my sister.  If it weren’t for her, I may never have gotten on a bike. Cycling is my life now; I ride everyday. This is a sport that has just changed my life dramatically. I think I was meant to stay with it.

“Go the Distance 2012” is set for June 24 - July 3, 2012. This time riding from San Francisco, CA to Boston, MA, in 10 days, Team Will plans to cross 14 states, visit 18 hospitals and participate in 7 community rallies with a goal of raising $125,000 for family support services and childhood cancer research.  For more information, please visit:  www.team-will.org

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To This Fundraiser

$3,081

MONEY RAISED
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  • Julie Hursey-Prince

    $20

  • Sarah McGrath

    $40

  • Rosan Business Solutions, Inc.

    $2,421

  • Liam, Ryan & Grayson Hall

    $50

  • Larry & Judy Roth

    $25

  • Strauser Family

    $100

  • Rod & Janice Springer

    $100

  • Jennifer Ann & John Pierce Newton

    $50

  • Mike & Mary Duffy

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bridges Family

    $25

  • NAHS Alum

    $50

  • Dave and Becky Adkison

    $100

  • Lisa Bishoff

    $25

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108% Raised of$2,850 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $114,247 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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TEAM WILL

Amount Raised

$20,510

 

16% Raised of$125,000 Goal

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Tim Brooks

Amount Raised

$8,263

 

290% Raised of$2,850 Goal

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Ken Scarberry

Amount Raised

$7,092

 

95% Raised of$7,500 Goal

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Randy Pench

Amount Raised

$4,670

 

164% Raised of$2,850 Goal

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Brian Williams

Amount Raised

$4,165

 

146% Raised of$2,850 Goal

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John Depew

Amount Raised

$3,900

 

137% Raised of$2,850 Goal

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Tony Reyes

Amount Raised

$3,730

 

131% Raised of$2,850 Goal

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Lisa Depew

Amount Raised

$3,528

 

157% Raised of$2,250 Goal

Donor Comments

Lisa Bishoff

Lisa Bishoff

DONATION: $25

Ride Riley Ride! May God bless you and your awesome team! 7 years ago

Dave and Becky Adkison

Dave and Becky Adkison

DONATION: $100

7 years ago

NAHS Alum

NAHS Alum

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Bridges Family

Bridges Family

DONATION: $25

7 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Riley, Your dad has told me all about you. I work with your dad at Honda. Your family and friends are very proud of you. Best of luck! James Foley 7 years ago

Mike & Mary Duffy

Mike & Mary Duffy

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Jennifer Ann & John Pierce Newton

Jennifer Ann & John Pierce Newton

DONATION: $50

7 years ago

Rod & Janice Springer

Rod & Janice Springer

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Eden Adams and in Support of Riley Adam's ride! 7 years ago

Strauser Family

Strauser Family

DONATION: $100

In Memory Of Jason Strauser 7 years ago

Larry & Judy Roth

Larry & Judy Roth

DONATION: $25

So proud of you Riley!! 7 years ago