Janet Banks

Janet Banks
Cancer is the biggest killer of kids from disease in the USA, 38 children die every week. Please donate now and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer!
I've Ridden 64.1 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 100th
  • State: 2nd in OH
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $6,108.96 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

my son Sean Strother

my son Sean Strother

My Story

6 Sep 2022

In June, I lost my son Sean Strother to brain cancer. Sean participated in the Great Cycle Challenge initiative during 2020 and 2021 following his diagnosis. Even in the midst of his own medical journey, Sean was committed to helping save children's lives by riding his bike over 500 miles and raising over $14,000 to help end childhood cancer. To carry on his legacy, I will ride 50 miles to honor Sean and help a cause close to his heart and mine.

Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

So I am raising funds through my challenge to help these kids and support Children's Cancer Research Fund to allow them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

Please support me by making a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Your support will change little lives.

Wish me luck. I have not been on a bike in a really long time!

Sean and his family would like to especially thank BMC for all the love and support provided us over the last few years of Sean's successful career and medical journey.

Thank you.


Sean's mom

My Challenge

  • 6.4 mi ride - Beautiful Sunday afternoon ride! - Sunday, November 6, 2022
    Logged this ride 21 days ago
  • 2.6 mi ride - Beautiful evening🚲! - Monday, October 24, 2022
    Logged this ride 34 days ago
  • 12.0 mi ride - Exhilarating ride with Major Taylor Cleveland & friends! - Sunday, October 23, 2022
    Logged this ride 35 days ago
  • 7.8 mi ride - Afternoon ride to the CLE Public Library! Beautiful ! - Tuesday, October 11, 2022
    Logged this ride 47 days ago
  • 2.2 mi ride - Beautiful evening ride! - Thursday, October 6, 2022
    Logged this ride 52 days ago
  • 13.0 mi ride - This ride is for you Sean! - Friday, September 30, 2022
    Logged this ride 58 days ago
  • 3.4 mi ride - Morning ride ~ Metroparks Lakefront Reservation - Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    Logged this ride 67 days ago
  • $5,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $5,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 67 days ago
  • 3.2 mi ride - Enjoyed the nostalgic ride in the Metroparks~ Euclid Beach area - Friday, September 16, 2022
    Logged this ride 72 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 73 days ago

My Sponsors

  • Kick Cancer's Butt Day matched donation
    “Here's your matched donation from a group of wonderful Children's Cancer Research Fund supporters. THANK YOU so much for your awesome efforts to kick cancer's butt!”
    Received this donation 73 days ago
  • Ashley Stankiewicz
    “Way to go Mrs. Banks! We’re thinking of you and Sean as you continue on your bike riding journey. Sincerely, the nursing staff at Penn Medicine’s Center for Human Phenomic Science”
    Received this donation 53 days ago
  • Andrew Banks
    “JB It is exciting to see you on a bike when after 25 years of marriage I’ve never seen you ride or take up any sport for that matter. However, maintaining Sean’s legacy and lifting up what he was about is important to our entire family. We continue and will always support you, honor Sean, his life and powerful spirit. He had a tremendous impact on so many Children and Adults alike. Safe Travels!”
    Received this donation 74 days ago
  • Anonymous
    Received this donation 73 days ago
    Janet Banks
    “Dear Secret Donor: Thank you immensely for your very generous donation! Please know that your donation supports the innovative and promising research that will one day cure childhood cancer. Would you kindly share your contact information with me at: TributesforSean@gmail.com Thank you again. ”
  • Jennifer Shepard
    “Mrs. Banks , Your strength and grace is admirable. I will continue praying for you and your family.”
    Received this donation 76 days ago
    Janet Banks
    “Dear Jennifer: I'm very appreciative of your kind words, fervent prayers and generous donation. Sean was very passionate about helping children through this GCC fundraiser. Thank you for helping us to maintain his legacy. Would you kindly share your contact information with me at: TributesforSean@gmail.com Thank you Jennifer. ”
  • Nick Smith
    “Janet, this is to honor Shawn. Shawn was a fun, wonderful kid and he grew to become an amazing inspirational young man. You have my Deepest Condolences and I will keep you prayers. Sending love to you always. I am truly Blessed and honored to know you and extremely thankful for our friendship.”
    Received this donation 67 days ago
  • William & Pat Gary
    “Janet, We're praying you through this journey. We're so proud of you and happy to support you in our dear Sean's honor!”
    Received this donation 73 days ago
  • Barbara Wilcher-Norton
    “Janet, Sean's spirit will be with you and help you make it through. Rob and I will be praying and rooting you on as you ride. Much love, Barbara”
    Received this donation 74 days ago
  • Mary Gerber
    “Dear Janet, I am sure that Sean is looking down with as much admiration love as you had for him. He was truly a courageous and wonderful man and you were beside him all the way. Congratulations on completing so many miles so far! 💕Mary”
    Received this donation 31 days ago
  • Rachel Reid
    “I know Sean is smiling down!”
    Received this donation 80 days ago
    Janet Banks
    “Rachel - Thank you so much for your unwavering support and kind message. You are appreciated!”
  • SA Yelder Incorporated
    “Such a great cause Janet, glad you are able to participate and ride for Sean.”
    Received this donation 74 days ago
  • Sherry & Barney Callahan
    “What an inspiration! Pedal through the pain.”
    Received this donation 72 days ago
  • Steven Majstorovic
    “Janet, God Bless you and your Family!”
    Received this donation 60 days ago
  • Terrie S
    “What a beautiful way to honor Sean’s memory. I am deeply saddened to hear about this loss. He was an amazing person”
    Received this donation 73 days ago
  • Valencia Ross
    “I am so proud of you. Keep up the wonderful spirit you have to continue to combat cancer in our children.”
    Received this donation 50 days ago
  • Don & Reggie Strother
    “Thank You Janet! In spirit, Sean IS Riding along side of you with LOVE, & PRIDE! And so are we, RIDE ON! xoxoxo”
    Received this donation 74 days ago
  • Joyce Persaud
    “Sean loved supporting this event. So proud to see you carrying on his footsteps.”
    Received this donation 74 days ago
  • Karmen Gary
    “With all my love and support!!”
    Received this donation 73 days ago
  • Lisa Langford
    “You've got this Janet. Sending my love and support as you ride in honor of Sean.”
    Received this donation 81 days ago
    Janet Banks
    “Lisa - We are so grateful for your love and support. Thank you so much!”
  • Wanda and Roy Whitmore
    “Janet, we are so proud of this effort. Sean will be peddling along side you with his angel wings flapping in the breeze and if you get tired and feel a gentle push, that will be Seanie Boy helping you along the way.”
    Received this donation 81 days ago
    Janet Banks
    “Wanda and Roy - Thank you very much for your love, support and kind message. Sean gave me a gentle push on my first ride!”
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