Patricia Carroll

Patricia Carroll
Riding in memory of The Carroll men
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 700.3 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 17th
  • State: 1st in NV
  • My Team: 6th
I've raised $9,000 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

The Carroll men

The Carroll men

My sisters, cousins, and I have lost our Fathers to cancer. Top left to right: My Uncle Eddie; my Father, who I am named after :-); my paternal Grandfather, who I never got to meet; and my cousin George. #BikehardSaveLives #GCCStrong

My Story

9 Jan 2019

This June I am taking part in my 4th Great Cycle Challenge to fight childhood cancer! I love participating in this event. It combines two of my favorite passions- cycling, and fighting for a worthy cause that will have an impact on kids. I hate to see kids suffering, and I just want to do my part to help kid's fighting cancer have a better chance to live a longer life.

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 from the bottom of my heart,


My Challenge

  • 24.2 mi ride - Sunday, June 30, 2019
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  • The kids
    30 Jun 2019

    On the last day of the Great Cycle Challenge, I ride for the kids. They are my motivation, my inspiration, and why I push myself each spring. When I see their darling little faces and read their stories, I can’t help but become attached to them. Unfortunately, each year we lose some of these kids: Nat, Callie, and Kendal, to name a few; and each year we are introduced to others who have fallen sick. So today, I ride for them with thoughts of a world without cancer on my mind.


    The kids
    Posted 15 days ago
  • Julie Sanfilippo
    29 Jun 2019

    Meet “Downtown” Julie Brown Sanfilippo. I have known Julie for as long as I can remember. She is best friends with my older sister, Cindy. Back in the day, they were quite the pair. They were 15 year olds going on 35! They were always up to something.

    Julie is hysterically funny. Her shining personality was most evident to me at Cindy’s wedding. Julie gave the best matron of honor speech I have ever heard. I wish I had had the foresight to record it because it would have gotten a million likes on u-tube, for sure. From her opening line to a room of about 200, “Hi, I’m Julie and I’m an alcoholic.”; to her deeply felt sentiments about being life long friends to my sister and our family, she had the room enthralled. Julie sure is a special part of our extended family.

    I remember sometime back (probably close to 20 years) that I found out Julie was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma. At a time when there was so little hope for a recovery once diagnosed, I was scared. Luckily the year Julie was on interferon did the trick, and she is still going strong. I’m not sure what we all would have done without this shining star. For being such a great friend to my sister, and for being an integral part of the Carroll family for what must be 40 years strong, today I rode for you, Julie. May you remain healthy, and may you continue cracking everybody up for a long time.


    Julie Sanfilippo
    Posted 16 days ago
  • 25.1 mi ride - Saturday, June 29, 2019
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  • 16.3 mi ride - Friday, June 28, 2019
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  • Bill Buxton
    28 Jun 2019

    My first year at Mendive I met a wonderful woman, Nancy Slater. She was our head secretary, and resident “Mom”. The day she retired was a sad day for many, as she had watched the majority of the staff grow into the fantastic teachers they are today. When she left she told me her grandchildren would be attending Mendive the next year.

    I had the fortunate opportunity to get to know Nancy’s daughter, Shauna, and son-in-law, Bill, well over the time their daughters were at Mendive. Being Nancy’s family, I took taking care of her family as a pretty serious mission. 😊 Bill and Shauna were very involved in their girl’s education, and we spent a lot of time together. Bill would come to the school whenever his girls needed him. He was always kind and gentle with them. He never raised his voice or got angry in any situation that arose. I was always taken by his unlimited supply of patience and love for his girls, and for his family.

    I was saddened to hear Bill was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma last year. Luckily the tumor was benign, and luckily Bill didn’t lose all of his hearing on the affected side. Now he suffers with migraines from time to time, and still travels to Palo Alto with Stanford physicians for treatment. Today I am riding for Bill. For your love of family. For your kindness. For your continued success with your treatments, and for hope that the migraines will go away soon, this ride is for you. Stay strong, Bill, and keep winning this fight!


    Bill Buxton
    Posted 17 days ago
  • Daryl Arrighi
    28 Jun 2019

    Meet Daryl Arrighi. Daryl was a longtime, successful PE and Tennis coach for the WCSD in Reno, NV. I recall when word got out of her of 2015 Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma diagnosis. Daryl was a PE Teacher at Mendive MS before I got there. When word hit the staff that Daryl had brain cancer, that is all anyone talked about. Everyone kept asking me if I knew her, in a state of shock, and when I said I didn’t, I was told what an amazing person she is. I was glad when I finally had the opportunity to meet her at a retirement party, and even happier when we crossed paths again a few weeks ago at another retirement party. I’ve wanted to honor this fellow educator, who is held in high esteem by many, since I started this journey.

    The melanoma had metastasized to Daryl’s brain and lungs when they found it in 2015. She had a craniotomy to remove the tumor from her right parietal lobe. She then underwent 64 immunotherapy treatments over the course of a few years. As of the Spring of 2018, Daryl is thankfully cancer-free.

    Daryl told me a few weeks ago that she spends her retirement walking her golden doodle, Chimay, and plays in a pickleball league. I am so happy for this ex-marathon and tennis player to still be able to remain active after all she has been through. She was told at the beginning of treatment that if her body didn’t respond to the treatment she would have 9-12 months to live, 2-3 years if her body did. Well, at year 4, way to show cancer whose boss, Daryl! For all you have been through, for all you have contributed to WCSD, and for all the lives you have touched through education, today’s ride was for you! Stay strong, Daryl, and keep kicking cancer’s butt!! #GCCStrong🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Daryl Arrighi
    Posted 18 days ago
  • 23.6 mi ride - Thursday, June 27, 2019
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  • My sisters
    26 Jun 2019

    Today I rode for my sisters. Deb, the oldest of the clan, who is a thyroid cancer survivor; and Susie Pinkle, my sissy from another missy, who we lost in 2000 to pancreatic cancer. They have both played a huge impact on my life, and I can’t go a year without riding in their honor. For all you have done for me, Deb, and continue to do, today I rode for you. May your check-ups continue to come back clean. Susie, miss you and your smile everyday, and I will always ride in your memory.


    My sisters
    Posted 20 days ago
  • 21.7 mi ride - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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  • 28.6 mi ride - Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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  • Anne-Marie Murray
    25 Jun 2019

    Meet Anne-Marie Murray, a spouse of the infamous Murray clan of Syracuse, NY. I never met Anne-Marie, but she sounds like she was one special gal. She died of cancer in August of 2018 after being diagnosed about a year before. She was said to have battled with a positive attitude and a smile on her face. Anne-Marie was the sister-in-law of one of my biggest cheerleaders, Brendan Murray; so the fact that she is described as the cheerleader of their family, makes writing this dedication special. 😊

    Anne-Marie was known for her kindness and enthusiasm. She was a contributor to her family. She was the resident photographer who then shared those memories in the form of slide shows, mugs, and picture books. She helped in the community. She was a Girl Scout leader for her two girl’s troups. She created an “Elf party” at work to raise food supplies for a local pantry. After reading her obituary, I wish I had known her. She sounds like the person I try to be, and hope one day I am remembered for (just not in the near future). So today in blustery NV, I rode for you, Anne-Marie. May you Rest In Peace, and may your kindness carry on through all who knew you. #GCCStrong🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Anne-Marie Murray
    Posted 21 days ago
  • 30.0 mi ride - Monday, June 24, 2019
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  • Dr. John Erickson
    23 Jun 2019

    This past fall I was devastated to learn my gynecologist was on leave due to being diagnosed with throat cancer. By the winter his patients received letters from him stating, although responding to treatment at this time, he would officially be retiring. What a bummer.

    Dr. John Erickson was the best doctor a woman could ask for. As a physician he was kind and compassionate, a gentle soul. He always listened intently. He was funny, and actually knew who you were without having to refer to your chart (as far I know 😜). He knew about me. He knew what I enjoyed doing, he knew what made me tick, and he knew about my health and how to treat me. When I first started seeing him in 2006 I had a long-standing joke with him at every visit. I’d say, “please tell I’m going through menopause!” To which he would smile and say, “not yet.” Then when I actually went through menopause it became, “Really??! I thought this would be better! Make the hot flashes stop!!” To which he would smile and pat my knee as he recommended the next course of action. 😂 Needless to say, my first appointment without him, I got a bit teary-eyed.

    I miss Dr. Erickson, and hope he is continuing to respond to treatments. Although I wish he were still my Doctor, he’s had a full career and deserves to be retired. He had been practicing for over 40 years. He has received several awards over his career, one for being a compassionate doctor. I can attest to that. So today, I rode for Dr. Erickson. For your kindness, for your sense of humor, for your compassion and understanding. Although I would welcome another letter in the mail saying you’re coming back, Dr. Erickson, I just hope you are healing and enjoying retirement. Stay strong, my friend, stay strong! 💪

    Posted 22 days ago
  • 30.1 mi ride - Sunday, June 23, 2019
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  • 16.0 mi ride - Stationary knee rehab - Saturday, June 22, 2019
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  • Dennis Pfeil
    22 Jun 2019

    Meet Dennis Pfeil. I’ve personally never met Denny, but have heard a lot about him from my friend, his sister-in-law, Julie Kirker. Julie and I work together. She has spoken about Denny over the years in casual conversation in the office. She and her 3 sisters take “sisters trips” often. The last big trip they took was to Greece. Denny went along at the last minute, as I understand, in the place of someone else. Julie has spoken fondly of her brother-in-law over the years, so when she told us his cancer had progressed, I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

    Denny found out he had melanoma in 2007 from a spot on his shin. In 2013 he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma that had spread throughout his body and into his lungs. For 5 years Denny did well on a genetic drug, but in 2018 it had metastasized to his brain. I recall Julie leaving for CA right away a few months ago to be with her sister and brother-in-law when he went into hospice care. Denny lasted a week, passing away the day Julie returned home to NV on 3/1/19.

    In April I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Denny’s wife, Bonnie, at Julie’s birthday party. We chatted, and cried some when I asked her if I could dedicate a ride to Denny this June. So today, I ride not only for Denny, but also for Bonnie and Julie. For the fight you fought, Denny; for the care you’ve taken for my friend, Julie; and for Bonnie-today I ride for the Pfeil’s. May you Rest In Peace, Denny; and May you continue to heal, Bonnie.


    Dennis Pfeil
    Posted 23 days ago
  • ?
    22 Jun 2019

    The person I rode for today is a popular TV personality. He is a Canadian born game show host fighting Stage IV pancreatic cancer. It would take me all weekend to go into detail about his extensive career over the past 50+ years; so, I’ll just say that this “double jeopardy” two ride day was in his honor. For all your contributions to the game show community; your witty personality; your love and support of teachers; your sharp mind; and your determination to continue filming your show until your contract runs out in 2020- today’s rides were for, “Who is Alex Trebek?” #GCCStrong🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Posted 24 days ago
  • 25.4 mi ride - Friday, June 21, 2019
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  • 23.2 mi ride - Friday, June 21, 2019
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  • 19.3 mi ride - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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  • Nathalia
    19 Jun 2019

    Today I ride for Nat, on the 1 month anniversary of her passing. Nat was a GCC ambassador last year, and I just fell in love with this quirky, sweet, artistic young lady. I was crushed to hear of her decline back in the winter, and of her death last month; as I feel with all kids who don’t make it. So, today with thoughts of Nathalia on my mind, in my Team Nat shirt, I pedal on to help fight childhood cancer. Rest In Peace, sweet Nat, Rest In Peace. #GCCStrong🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Posted 26 days ago
  • Mr. P
    19 Jun 2019

    Meet Mr. Przewlocki, Business teacher and DECA leader at Nottingham HS, back in the day. Although I never had Mr. P as a Teacher, my sisters and many of my friends did. His kid(s) swam for Camillus Swim Club, and I would often see him at weekend swim meets, and hence, our connection.

    Mr. P died of cancer back in ‘80 or ‘81. I have thought about him over the years, but have just really come to realize why. Before I began this cycling journey in 2016, I thought about the people I’ve lost to cancer, but not in the same way as I do now. Now I think about the impact each one has had or continues to have on my life. Mr. P got cancer at a time when it was still whispered about. The big “C”. No one was comfortable talking about cancer back then, and if you had it, it was almost shameful. I remember Mr. P being sick, and dying over a very short period of time. I remember his students losing a fun, energetic, funny teacher that they all really liked. I remember it being strange to lose my first non-family person to cancer, and I remember not really knowing how to process it.

    I rode for Mr. P today in memory of him, and of how far we have come in talking about and dealing with cancer as a society. I’m thankful of the advancements the medical community has made, and continues to make, so that people suffering from cancer have a better chance of survival. To the memory of a great man and teacher, this one was for you, Mr. P.

    Mr. P
    Posted 27 days ago
  • 20.2 mi ride - Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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  • 20.2 mi ride - Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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  • 24.1 mi ride - Monday, June 17, 2019
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  • Laura Marie
    17 Jun 2019

    One of my favorite schools I worked at in Syracuse was Fowler HS. I coached a few sports over my 7 years in the building, and I got to know a fantastic group of girls very well. We were certainly like family.

    As I finally got an opportunity to start my double days today, I felt it was fitting to ride for an athlete who attended some of my double day practices at Fowler.

    Meet Laura Recore. Laura is a single mother of this gorgeous 4 year old. She is a medical coder for an orthopedic company, and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She found a lump in her breast in 2017, but didn’t think much of it. By Halloween 2018 the diagnosis was official, Laura has breast cancer. Since, Laura has undergone a double mastectomy, 13 rounds of chemotherapy, and will start 5 weeks of radiation shortly. I am hoping all goes well, and Laura kicks cancer’s butt! Laura has a great support system, mainly in her bestie and other ex-player/student of mine, Shannon McAdam. Shannon designed the shirt I am riding in today for her pal, and has been using a tag line, “friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone.” Well, coaches don’t either. Today, Laura, I am proudly wearing my team Laura shirt as I ride in your honor. May you heal. May the remaining treatments do their job. May you stay strong, and show cancer who is boss!

    #YouGotThis,Girl!! 💪💪❤️❤️

    Laura Marie
    Posted 28 days ago
  • 16.1 mi ride - Monday, June 17, 2019
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  • 30.2 mi ride - Sunday, June 16, 2019
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  • My Daddy
    16 Jun 2019

    Today I ride for family, in particular, for my Daddy. Growing up my Dad was the best. He took great care of my sisters and me. He made certain a hot meal was on the table each night (even if mine was in the oven until swim practice was over 😜). He made certain we had fun. He would play games with us. Checkers, hide-n-seek, and would throw us around at the beach each summer. He took care of whatever we needed, and that didn’t change as we got older. When I took a year sabbatical leave from work to complete a 2nd Bachelors to become a teacher, he paid off my car loan so I wouldn’t have to worry about it. I think I can speak for my sisters when I say we truly loved hanging out with my Dad (and Mom) no matter what age we were.

    My Dad was very special to me. The morning after his 30th Birthday I was born. He was ecstatic. Even though I was the last chance for a boy, being his birthday present, I didn’t disappoint. He named me after him, which I have always loved. I am the youngest of 4 girls, he was the youngest of 4 boys. To me, I have always felt like our bond was greatest, even though my sisters might disagree, it has been my perception my whole life.

    When we were about to turn 50/80 (in the pic below), I insisted we celebrate over the summer when I was in town. My Dad’s Health was declining, and I was adamant about having the opportunity to celebrate in person, just in case. My Dad was told he was anemic, but he wasn’t buying it. Thought the Doc didn’t know what he was talking about. Said he could change his diet and take care of it on his own. Well, that didn’t happen. The next year we celebrated our 51/81 over the phone. That Thanksgiving I went home. My Dad was cranky, and “off”. I wasn’t going home for Christmas that year, and was shell shocked when my Mom called on 12/24 to tell me my Dad was taken to the ER for low blood count. The transfusions began, the diagnosis was in. My Dad had Leukemia. I didn’t see the transformation of my Dad’s rapid decline over the next 3 months, and I’m sorry my Morher and sisters had to live through that. The next time I saw my Dad was at his funeral, just 3 months after his diagnosis.

    Today I ride for my hero. I ride for the man who shaped who I am today. The man who instilled an intense work ethic, my type A and perfectionist personality, and I believe, my great sense of humor 😊. Because I am behind in my miles, Dad, I can’t just “ride a mile and go home” as you would advise in your efforts to keep me safe. Today with jazz tunes playing in my head, I am riding for Joseph “Pat” Carroll, my Daddy. Miss you every day, Dad. XOXO

    The other Carroll men lost to cancer:

    (Uncle)Edward Carroll- Erin & Michael

    (Cousin) George Carroll- Jessica & Tim; sister- Nancy

    (Grandfather) Joseph Carroll

    Cousin Erin’s spouse, Buddy Loisell- Michelle & Kathy

    My Daddy
    Posted 29 days ago
  • 30.3 mi ride - Saturday, June 15, 2019
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  • Amy Flynn
    15 Jun 2019

    Wrapping up my Nottingham alumni week with a tribute to classmate, Amy Stauffer Flynn, another long overdue dedication. 😊

    I met Amy in 9th grade. What some don’t know about me is that I came from Catholic school. I only knew my fellow Charger peeps my first time in public HS. Amy was one of my first friends. I remember those first friendships because they meant a lot to me.

    One of my favorite memories about Amy is the quote under her senior picture. She was referring to her now husband, Sean. Like I’ve said, we were tight in the ‘cuse. There are many Nottingham couples STILL married today.

    I remembered hearing some time back (16 years to be exact) that Amy had brain cancer. She was diagnosed with astrocytoma. She has undergone 2 surgeries, 6 weeks of radiation, and a year of chemotherapy. I am sure that was a scary and stressful time for the whole family. Now Amy has quarterly scans to make certain there are no changes. Thankfully, there have been no changes over this time, and I am praying it stays this way. Today, I am riding for Amy. For your friendship (and Sean’s 😊), for what you have been through and continue to endure, this ride is for you, my friend. Stay healthy and stay strong! #’81 #BulldogsForLife

    Amy Flynn
    Posted 30 days ago
  • 22.7 mi ride - Friday, June 14, 2019
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  • The Lilian Ladies
    14 Jun 2019

    Today’s ride is for a mother and daughter. Before I get to that, I have to talk about growing up in Syracuse, NY, and how lucky I was to have had that experience. I have friends from my hometown that I have know for close to 50 years. A big part of these friendships is from swimming. If there is one thing the City did right back in the ‘70’s was have a free swim team called the Syracuse Chargers. It was open to anyone of any ability level, and we were a force to be reckoned with. Many of my friends on FB were Chargers, and growing up with these people (and most of our coaches who instilled a sense of community within us) have made me a better person today.

    The second best part of growing up in Syracuse is that we all knew each other. Families ranged from 3-8 kids. Everybody went to school with somebody’s sibling, so we are all tightly connected, and continue to be to this day. We spent a lot of time at each other’s houses, and not one of us only had 1 mother or 1 father. Parents were just as involved in all of our lives as we were to each other’s. When something happens to a family in this community, everyone “feels it”. Which brings me to today’s double dedication, another Nottingham family.

    Meet Dr. Chessar Lilian and Diana Lilian McDonough. Dr. Chessar (Mrs. Lilian) was a stylish, sophisticated, caring mother of 7. My most vivid memories of Mrs Lilian were that she was always dressed to the 9’s, even in a bathing suit at Drumlins Country Club; and she was an avid skier and tennis player. She spent her life working with kids, the majority of her career as a child/adolescent psychiatrist. Her busy schedule never interfered with her caring for her family. For example, she always put dinner on the table for her kids each night. The last thing I remember about Mrs. Lilian was that she didn’t want her children worrying about her, so when she was diagnosed with lung cancer, she didn’t share that news right away. If I recall, her kids learned of her cancer in the fall of 2010. In January of 2011, at the age of 82, the newly retired psychiatrist and mother passed away.

    Diana was the oldest of the tribe. She learned the day before her Mother’s memorial service that she had inoperable brain cancer. Diana was pretty tough, and fought her hardest, but passed away in December of 2011. I had the pleasure of knowing Diana other than just as my friend’s oldest sister. I taught Diana’s two oldest kids how to swim. I worked for Diana at one of the restaurants she owned during one summer. I was always so impressed and taken by her kindness and gentle soul. Diana just wanted her family to be kind, and she certainly modeled that every day.

    It was shocking to the family, and community to lose two great people from the same family in the same year. My heart ached for my friends, the siblings left behind. Since I began this challenge I’ve wanted to ride in these two fabulous ladies honors, so today’s ride is long overdue. For all the positivity, love, and caring you two Lilians brought to my hometown and my community, today’s ride is for you. Rest In Peace, ladies, Rest In Peace.

    The Lilian Ladies
    Posted 31 days ago
  • 24.2 mi ride - Thursday, June 13, 2019
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  • Haley Baum
    13 Jun 2019

    Meet Haley Hobbs Baum, wife of 1981 Nottingham alum, Larry Baum. Haley was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer 3 years ago. She underwent 6 months of chemo, which resulted in Haley being cancer-free.

    Unfortunately, last April the cancer came back. Haley ended up having 3 rounds of chemo, 1 of radiation, and 2 surgeries throughout the 3-year ordeal. As of now, Haley is again cancer-free. Her next pet scan is in July. Fingers crossed it comes back clean.

    Haley and Larry have two teen-aged daughters. She enjoys running and working out. Cancer takes a toll on the body, so I am hoping she is able to get back to her active lifestyle very soon. As I know firsthand the joys of being active, I’ll put some miles in today for Haley. Praying for you, Haley. Praying for a clean scan in July, and in the future so you can get back at it. May you continue to be healthy, and be silly with your girls. (Love the pic!) stay strong, Haley, and keep on keeping on!


    Haley Baum
    Posted 32 days ago
  • 29.1 mi ride - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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  • Ocasio Hazeltine
    12 Jun 2019

    On double your money day I wanted to dedicate my ride to a child. Im not sure if I am just feeling nostalgic for my hometown, but I also wanted to dedicate this whole week to people connected to my HS- Nottingham. My tribute today is for the son of a 1981 classmate, Andy Hazeltine.

    Meet Ocasio Hazeltine. He was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer at the age of 4. At the time there were only 5 other known cases of this rare form of cancer. No one had lived past 162 days before Ocasio. At the age of 9, he continues to beat those odds. He has gone through a lot over the past 5 years to get to this point. He has had 2 surgeries, 7 weeks of lifetime max radiation, a year of an experimental treatment, and another year of a chemotherapy drug. At this point, there are no more treatment options for him. The primary concern is the possible effects of radiation necrosis, but they are hoping his next scan in 8 months can be considered the 5 year check-up, if all else goes well.

    The family has been blessed with the 5 years they weren’t expecting to have with their son, and continue to be optimistic there will be more. Just look at that darling little boy. I am hoping and praying he continues to beat the odds as well. So, Ocasio, for all you have gone through in your short time on earth, today I’m riding for you. May you continue to heal, and continue to laugh and smile with your family. Wishing you all the luck and strength to keep on kicking cancer’s butt!!! Stay strong, little man, stay strong!!!❤️

    Ocasio Hazeltine
    Posted 33 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.

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  • Stu Volan
    11 Jun 2019

    I must say, I just love Stu Volan. Stu taught PE and coached FB, lacrosse, and soccer for the SCSD for 32 years. He is currently retired and living in Maine with his wife Betty. It is evident by the pic below that Stu loves being a grandfather, and I bet he is the best.

    I met Stu while working at Nottingham HS. It was my first job after college. I started the day after receiving a bad haircut, which led to Stu giving me the nickname, “Spike” (it was ‘85 after all, and well, you can figure it out). He still calls me that today, and it still makes me smile. 😁 We had a lot of laughs working at Nottingham together. I always looked forward to his daily visits to the pool to get his laps in because a jaw session usually resulted. Stu always made me laugh.

    Last September Stu messaged me to share some news. He went in for a scan for kidney stones and left with a diagnosis of a cancerous mass on his pancreas and spleen. He underwent surgery, and is currently awaiting for his next scan to learn of his health status. I am praying that all goes well.

    Today, my ride was dedicated to Stu. For all the fun we had, for all the sorrow, and for being a good friend to me for over 30 years. I am thankful to know you, and thankful for our time together at ‘Ham. Wishing you the best in your recovery, Stu. Stay strong! 💪


    Stu Volan
    Posted 35 days ago
  • 22.7 mi ride - Monday, June 10, 2019
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  • ‘81
    9 Jun 2019

    Mission complete.

    Posted 36 days ago
  • Callie and crew
    9 Jun 2019

    This weekend I’m combining two dedications into my 81 mile weekend tradition. I’ll be riding 47 today in memory of Callie Cavanaugh who died on 4/7/18 at the tender age of 9. I’ll wrap up my weekend with 34 miles tomorrow in honor of two of my high school classmates who also died of cancer, far too young. Any donations received (this weekend or earlier) from Nottingham class of ‘81 alumni are eligible to win a piece of Premier Jewelry. Two pieces will be raffled off on behalf of Kathy and Randy. #GCCStrong🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Callie and crew
    Posted 36 days ago
  • 34.4 mi ride - Sunday, June 9, 2019
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  • 47.2 mi ride - Saturday, June 8, 2019
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  • Tommy
    8 Jun 2019

    Today I am riding for one of my students. It is too windy and too late today to ride 47 for Callie, so I’m going to settle for a neighborhood hill workout. I just left a meeting (on the last day of school) for this young man. He doesn’t have cancer, and he isn’t even sick. He struggles in school. Despite how hard he tries, there are aspects of learning that are just difficult for him. He is the sweetest, most mild mannered, dear, young man. My heart aches for him. I wish I could make school easier for him. I wish I could have helped him earlier in his educational career, but now I hope I can make next year better for him. I just love him to pieces, and want to do right by him. So, on this windy day, I’m going to push myself to ride the big hills because it will be a struggle. I want Tommy to know we are in this struggle together. Today, Tommy, this ride is for you. Love you, buddy.


    Posted 38 days ago
  • 11.6 mi ride - Friday, June 7, 2019
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  • Becca Nemsgern
    7 Jun 2019

    Meet Rebecca Lombard Nemsgern. Becca is a former English teacher, turned school librarian. I met Becca and her husband, Nick, at Mendive MS. Becca was a very well liked English teacher by both students and staff. We were sad to see her move on to

    her dream job in another school.

    They are blessed with triplet 3 1/2 year olds. I remember when they found out they were having three. Nick had a glazed over look on his face for a few weeks, saying, “We’re having three”.😊

    Last December when the school district was on break, a go-fund-me page popped up for Becca. Pat, who also worked with Becca, and I were shocked. We couldn’t believe this energetic, sweet woman had cancer.

    After some difficultly breathing in November, Becca found out she had Rhandomyosarcoma, a rare sinus cavity cancer. She began treatments right away at Stanford. She has completed six weeks of radiation and is now mid way through eight weeks of chemo. She has had a few set backs along the way, but the family is optimistic she will end chemo in August, and begin the healing process.

    Becca is a determined woman, and I have no doubt she is going to fight this with all she has. She is hard working. She is sweet, and she has a smile that lights up a room. For all you have gone through thus far in 2019, Becca, today’s ride was for you. May you complete chemo successfully and begin the healing process soon. Your Mendive family is thinking about and praying for you. You’ve got this, Becca!


    Becca Nemsgern
    Posted 39 days ago
  • 15.0 mi ride - Too windy- stationary day. - Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Logged this ride 39 days ago
  • Tracey Erickson
    4 Jun 2019

    Meet Tracey Erickson. He is the Site Facility Coordinator at Mendive MS. He underwent surgery on 5/8 for head and neck cancer. The doctors found cancerous cells in his tonsils and lymph nodes. Luckily, there was none in his teeth. Tracey has 7 weeks of chemo and radiation beginning today. Tracey’s wife, Tina was previously diagnosed with cancer a few years ago but is currently in remission.

    Tracey and Tina have 5 adopted sons. Their oldest is 23, and the rest are under the age of 8. They are a special couple. They have huge hearts for kids, and just keep on taking them in. They are truly selfless people.

    Tracey works very hard at Mendive. He makes certain our school is safe and clean for our students and staff. On his first day of treatment, the least I could do was ride in his honor. Today Tracey, my ride was for you, and all you do for us everyday at Mendive. May the treatments be successful, may you recover quickly, and may you be healthy enough to stop by for our send off on Friday. We miss you!!

    Tracey Erickson
    Posted 42 days ago
  • 16.3 mi ride - Monday, June 3, 2019
    Logged this ride 42 days ago
  • 25.2 mi ride - Sunday, June 2, 2019
    Logged this ride 43 days ago
  • Monica and Ed
    2 Jun 2019

    Meet Monica Blank Nemerever. We met at Oswego State. We lived in the same hallway in the dorms, and then moved off campus together. We had a lot of fun in college. Monica was always making everyone laugh. She is very funny, smart, caring, and a very good person. I sort of lost track of everyone for a period of time, but was delighted recently when the Great Cycle Challenge brought us back together. Monica saw my FB fundraiser and friended me. I was so happy to be reconnected, and not the least bit surprised we are both part of this event. Monica used to let me borrow her bicycle in college because I didn’t have one at the time. 🚴‍♀️😜

    Unfortunately, things have been tough for Monica the past few years. She has undergone treatment for breast cancer, while her husband was battling liver cancer. He passed away last February. He ran out of time before a donor became available. I can’t imagine what that was like. Monica is one tough person, but that was a lot for her and her daughter, Hannah to go through. On top of that, Monica just had knee surgery last week for a meniscus tear. She is still planning on getting some miles in this June to help raise awareness of childhood cancer. She’s my hero. I’m dedicating my 2nd ride of this challenge to my good friend, my fellow cyclist, my college pal. May your knee heal quickly, may the treatments continue to work so you are cancer-free, and may you and Hannah heal from all the loss you have suffered. Love you, Monica!!! #OswegoStrong


    Monica and Ed
    Posted 43 days ago
  • 27.2 mi ride - Saturday, June 1, 2019
    Logged this ride 44 days ago
  • Katie Hageboeck
    1 Jun 2019

    Kicking off my month-long cycling for cancer journey with thoughts of the young lady whose dream 40 years ago led to this nation-wide event.

    Thirteen year old Katie Hageboeck of Minnesota was diagnosed with leukemia. She fought for 16 months. When it was evident her time was coming to an end, she requested the money she was saving to buy a 10 speed bike be donated to the University of Minnesota Children’s Cancer Research fund. Her family hosted an event in her honor, “Dawn of a Dream”. It was just the beginning of a dream of a world without cancer.

    Today I’m dedicating my first ride to Katie in hopes of helping make her dream of a cancer-free world for kids come true. #InYourMemoryKatie #ForTheLoveOfCycling🚴‍♀️💪❤️

    Posted 44 days ago
  • Premier Jewelry Fundraiser
    2 May 2019

    Suzanna Johnson, of Premier Jewelry partnered with me this year to help me raise funds for childhood cancer research. We brought in over $1,000. Suzanna generously donated $489 of her proceeds to my page. I was able to secure 8 pieces of free jewelry to raffle off to my sponsors. Thank you, Suzanna!! #GCCStrong

    Premier Jewelry Fundraiser
    Posted 75 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 75 days ago
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    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 99 days ago
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    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 188 days ago
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    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

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