Kevin Bowler

Kevin Bowler
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 425.8 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 32nd
  • State: 4th in IL
I've raised $10,165.33 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

"Team" K.Bowler

"Team" K.Bowler

To all the wonderful people in the medical community, from drug research and development to the staffs at hospitals that administer, treat and monitor cancer patients, to after care support groups, Thank You! To my amazing family, friends and work peers, Thank You! Special shoutout to the staffs at University of Illinois Chicago, Lutheran General in Park Ridge IL, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and University of Chicago!! This challenge is for you and the kids!

My Story

19 Jul 2021

This September, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

Why? Because 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.

Most of us know somebody close that has been impacted by cancer. I have had my own encounter. Thanks to faith, family, friends and advancement in medicines my outcome has been positive. One certain from my many hospital experiences is cancer does not discriminate by age, gender or other factors. 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.

Thank you.

My Challenge

  • 8.3 mi ride - Grant Woods Chain O' Lakes - Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Logged this ride 3 days ago
  • 17.9 mi ride - Millennium North Segment - Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Logged this ride 3 days ago
  • 40.2 mi ride - IL Prarie Fox River Loop - Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    Logged this ride 5 days ago
  • 15.8 mi ride - Keiser 091821 - Saturday, September 18, 2021
    Logged this ride 8 days ago
  • $10,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $10,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 10 days ago
  • 6.6 mi ride - Fox River Part II - Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    Logged this ride 11 days ago
  • 15.9 mi ride - Fox River Trail - Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    Logged this ride 11 days ago
  • 15.8 mi ride - Moraine Hills State Park - Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    Logged this ride 12 days ago
  • 305.3 in the books, more to come
    13 Sep 2021

    I wanted to provide a new update to the many wonderful donors supporting my GCC Ride to Fight Kids Cancer. Being my first year in the GCC Challenge, I set my goal to ride 300 miles in September. Well, I am pleased to say as of September 12, I achieved my goal and sitting at 305.3 fun filled miles. Still, not planning to stop there.

    I have touched wheels in the 4 Lake Michigan states, each which has special meaning in my life: Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.

    This weekend, I rode two great trails. On Saturday was the Kal-Haven Trail in Michigan, the state of my birth and life up through college and forever home in my heart. I did the round trip between Bloomingdale to South Haven. Nice trail, lots of shade but deceptively more elevation throughout the ride than you think. On Sunday, after a super morning of golf with high school buddies in Kalamazoo, I went down to Indiana to ride the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. Almost all of it was pavement, and a beautiful ride through northern Indiana’s Amish country. Just a spectacular ride in the state where I went to college at IU, made friends for life, jump started my career that would leave me to work at two super companies (Motorola than Abbott) and most importantly where I met my amazing wife early in my Motorola career. Lots of fond memories flashed back on this ride while I was Breaking Away!

    Naturally I’ve done much riding across many of my favorite trails in Illinois, my post-college home where I’ve been fortunate to work and raise a wonderful family. During the Chicago Bike The Drive event, I was able to meet up with a former Motorola colleague who also is taking part in the GCC (Tom S) and extended family (Chris, Ann and Claire T). On a gorgeous drive along Lake Shore Drive, I also saw a biker with a Bristol Myers Squibb gear. This is one of the primary companies involved in developing breakthrough medicine using PD-L1 inhibitors to treat melanoma through immunotherapy. After catching up and introducing myself, we rode along together for about 10 minutes. She was involved in the clinical trials and now in regulatory for this amazing work. How incredibly cool for both of us, 2 random riders meeting up where one is living proof that others life’s work is indeed life saving and changing.

    That leaves the final state Wisconsin, our bordering state not far from home. We have many dear friends from Wisconsin, know people who have gone to school there, and my Dad went to Medical School at Marquette while my parents first born happened in Milwaukee. But even more importantly, it’s home to the dreaded Green Bay Packers. As a lifelong Chicago Bears fan and season ticket holder, keep your enemies close!

    Today is rest, then later in the week more riding. On Wednesday I am going to refocus on fundraising. Because though I am so pleased at all the generosity shown so far, Wednesday Sept 15 is Kick Cancer's Butt Day. On that day, a group of incredible supporters will MATCH ALL ONLINE DONATIONS received this Wednesday, up to $1,500,000!

    Ride On!!

    Posted 13 days ago
  • 30.8 mi ride - Pumpkinvine Nature Trail - Sunday, September 12, 2021
    Logged this ride 14 days ago
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