It was an evening of sharing our thanks at the VeloSano Bash! What we are most thankful for is all of you, our VeloSano family, for believing in us and joining us on this cancer-fighting journey. It is because you that we were able to announce $3.37 MILLION RAISED for cancer research at Cleveland Clinic!
Spring is in the air and that means it’s time for Cleveland Indians baseball (not to mention, nicer training weather for VeloSano)! We’re especially excited for the Tribe to be back in action, as they are not only coming off a great 2016 as the American League Champions, but they are also back and better than ever for VeloSano 4.
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, Cleveland:VeloSano announced yesterday that it has raised over $4.17 million to support cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. This past July, more than 3,200 individuals participated as riders, virtual riders and volunteers from 28 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Germany and Italy, to raise funds for cancer research. Nearly 26,000 donations were received from over 22,000 donors from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 36 countries around the world.
My cancer journey began in November 2016 with a random, unrelated pain. I saw a new doctor who noticed an odd test result from the year before, when I was pregnant with my daughter. After further testing I was diagnosed with Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma, a very rare vascular sarcoma that has presented itself in my liver.
In September of 2015, Owen Timura noticed a lump in his lower abdomen. This lump was thought to be an infection and he was treated for several weeks with antibiotics. This stubborn lump refused to go away so it was suggested that he have surgery to just simply drain it. On November 13, 2015, Owen went in for surgery but unfortunately this healthy and active 8 year old boy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.
On August 25, 2018, after a week of struggling with a open sore on my foot from what we thought was an insect bite, my primary care physician told me to admit myself to Fairview Hospital. It was there in the Emergency Room that my wife Bridget and I first heard the word LEUKEMIA from an oncologist and the ER Doctor.
In July of 2016, my life was, in a word, awesome. My husband and I had married 3 months earlier after 10 years together, I just turned 38, and we were looking forward to starting a family together. I had a job I loved, was surrounded by people I love, and I was almost done with all those thank you cards. After an Indians game, I noticed that I had gotten some sun, and when I pulled my shirt away to see how much while looking in the mirror, I saw my left breast ripple. At that moment, my life changed forever, and was a lot less awesome for quite a while.
After dedicating 17 years to the cancer registry industry and CHAMPS Oncology, I thought my passion for this profession was pretty strong, until January 2019 when I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer. Suddenly the work our cancer registrars have done for more than 40 years meant even more to me.
Why Cancer Can Kiss My A**
I was in prime form to take on such a battle; I was 27, young, strong and healthy, had a top notch medical team who would stop at nothing to ensure my best chance, was surrounded by a gigantic love and support system spread across the country and had a special angel who stuck by my side every step of the way. I knew exactly what I was fighting for.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, CLEVELAND: A record-high 2,900 participants raised more than $3 million for VeloSano in 2020, 100% of which will support lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. Latin for “swift cure,” the year-round fundraising initiative has raised a cumulative total of more than $24 million since its inception in 2014.
To highlight this day and thanks to donor support, we will match, dollar for dollar, funds you raise June 3* until we reach our $100,000 threshold! So if someone donates $10 dollars to you, it’s matched. If someone donates $100 or $1,000, it's matched. Any donation, large or small, will make a difference.
With just seven days to go until the October 31 fundraising deadline, we're announcing a match challenge for $1OO,OOO!This opportunity will make a huge impact on the final dollar amount we raise for VeloSano 8 (2021) and on the cancer research projects we will fund.
As each year comes to a close, we celebrate all that was accomplished together. We also highlight one particular individual, team or group for their exceptional efforts and contribution to VeloSano and cancer research at Cleveland Clinic by presenting them with the All-In VeloSano Award.
Your Rider Dashboard provides many tools that can help you meet your fundraising commitment. From asking for donation support, to sharing real-time updates with your friends and family and sending emails to thank your donors, we have everything you need all in one spot.
Big Wheelers are VeloSano’s biggest fundraisers. These individual Riders and Virtual Fundraisers set big goals and go the extra mile to achieve them. It’s about doing something big in the fight against cancer.
As a Virtual Fundraiser, you can chose your own activity and participate in Bike to Cure in your own special way. If you are not planning to ride or if riding is not for you, register as a Virtual Fundraiser and curate your own activity anyway, anytime, anywhere to fundraise for cancer research.
Bike to Cure is for everyone and we are so happy to be bringing everyone together in-person September 9-10 when we celebrate YOU, recognize the tremendous impact the VeloSano community is making and send off Riders to an unforgettable ride!
Thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from Bruce & Janet Hollenbeck, online donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $100,000 starting on April 27! This will DOUBLE the impact on lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.
Individual donations you receive of any amount up to $5,000 will be matched! Whether it's a $5 gift, $50 or $5,000, every dollar makes a difference!*
Don’t wait. Matching funds go fast. If you’re not yet registered, register today and put your fundraising strategy together to help you meet and exceed your fundraising commitment.
Earn $1OO to jump start your fundraising when you register to Bike to Cure! Be one of the first 1OO Riders to register on Wednesday, June 1, and earn a $1OO donation toward your fundraising commitment*
It’s almost serendipitous that I received my cancer diagnosis while out on a bike ride in the Cuyahoga valley. My phone rang and it was our insurance agent saying ild failed a physical and should get in touch with my family doctor ASAP.
I started riding in VeloSano as a way to help with recovery from open heart surgery due to a bicuspid aortic valve that was fixed at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009. The riding was good for me and helped me give back to the Clinic. In 2020, my PSA came back as 7.1. Had initial consult with a urologist.