An Update: This past Sunday would have seen us riding with Team Teal in the Five Boro Bike Tour through 40 miles of New York City, and of course the ride did not take place because of the pandemic. However, Rob and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather here to do our own socially-distant Five Boulevard Bike Tour through some of Chicago's most scenic and historic neighborhoods. Back in November when I was just home from the hospital recovering from surgery I set my sights on participating in this event, so it was really important to me that we find a way to ride despite our current limitations. I cannot tell you how important it has been to me to have a goal to work towards over these past months. But it has meant even more to me to know that I have your support in this, so thank you! We do still plan to do the "real" Five Boro with Team Teal, whenever it is rescheduled. But in the meantime, please enjoy a few photos from our "make-up" ride!
Nancy and Rob Ride for Team Teal!
On May 3, 2020, we will be riding in New York's Five Boro Bike Tour to benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition!
Please sponsor us, and share this page with your family and friends. Every dollar we raise will advance NOCC's great cause! Together, we can make a difference!
Here's why we're riding:
Nothing prepares you to learn that you have ovarian cancer. Like most women, my symptoms were minimal, vague, and easily explained by other, more common health issues. In my case, the cancer was discovered last November during surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. So you can imagine my shock, to be waking up in the recovery room as an ovarian cancer survivor.
Nothing prepares your partner or family, either. My husband, Rob, dropped his coffee and started crying when the doctor came out during the middle of my surgery to tell him they found cancer and would need to perform a much more extensive procedure. For both of us, visions of our future flashed before our eyes, as we wondered whether our lives were about to take a very unexpected and unwelcome turn. Neither of us had ever heard anything hopeful about ovarian cancer. And sadly, my family already has personal experience with this, as my aunt was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer in 2002 and passed away at 55–the same age I am now.
We were fortunate. My cancer was diagnosed at Stage Ia and was completely treated by the initial surgery. After a few days in the hospital, I was back home and once again planning for the future. I set a goal of staying as healthy and physically fit as I can in recovery, knowing that there are no guarantees for anyone’s future. I also want to help spread the word, as talking with other survivors early on provided me with valuable information about my scary new diagnosis, along with the hope that I could recover just as they did.
Rob and I are both avid cyclists and do a few organized rides every year, including the Five Boro Bike Tour, a 40-mile ride through New York City. This year, training for the tour has become a meaningful way to celebrate my recovery, as we will be riding to support the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, whose mission promotes early awareness, research, community outreach, and quality of life for ovarian cancer survivors. Our shared hope is that research will improve diagnostic tools for early detection, as well as education for all patients and their families, so that many others can be as fortunate as we have been.
Please sponsor us as we join NOCC’s Team Teal in NYC on May 3, 2020!
Go Team Teal!
Stopped for "Traffic" in Logan Square
Lunch Break at Midway Plaisance
Medals and Smoothies in Chinatown!
I hope that this update finds you and your family well! When Rob and I started out on this journey, we thought that the only obstacle we faced might be my health and ability to ride. Now, three months later, our country has been nearly immobilized by the Coronavirus pandemic, whose current epicenter is in New York City. As a result, the ride has been postponed while the organizers work with the city to determine when it might be safe to reschedule. Rest assured that we will be there when this happens! In addition, please know that your donation is still going to help those fighting ovarian cancer, as well as those who have not yet been diagnosed! People suffering with cancer are some of the most vulnerable people in the midst of the pandemic. I want to express my deep thanks for your caring and concern, along with my fervent hope that we are collectively able to pull through this very difficult time. So until we meet again, stay healthy, and I will keep you posted about when we are riding!