Dirk Cushing

7years
Dirk Cushing
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 1,010.4 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 6th
  • State: 1st in IN
I've raised $27,831.37 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Samuel and Lucas

Samuel and Lucas

These are the guys that are going to motivate me to ride 1,000 miles this September. As hard as 1,000 miles sounds to me, it is nothing compared to what these two have gone through the las few months (and in Samuel's case, years) This September Lets Kick Cancer's Butt for Lucas and Samuel!

My Story

31 Aug 2022

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

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 riding 1,000 miles for my buddies Lucas and Samuel and raising funds through my challenge to help kids just like Samuel and Lucas and support the 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

  • September is over
    1 Oct 2022

    Okay, this was the last day and I had six miles to go. But just riding six miles did not seem sufficient. I needed something bigger to close out the month.

    If you are a biker or from around the Bloomington area you may be familiar with the Hilly Hundred. It is called that for a reason. And one of the biggest reasons comes on day two of the Hilly. It goes my the name of Mt. Tabor. It is the biggest hill the Hilly has to offer, with a grade of between 20 and 22 percent. It is a challenge. I decided that I was going to ride up Mt. Tabor to finish off the Great Cycle Challenge. Reaching the summit would be somewhat symbolic of Lucas and Samuel reaching the summit of their battle with Cancer and being cancer free.

    Well, that hill is a bear. I got up in and then collapsed in Andy's front yard. Andy is a German Shepard. He is also very sweet. We became fast friends. But you know, I am not riding for one. I am riding for two. So just once up Mt. Tabor didn't not seem adequate. So I did a little more riding and hit that hill again. Now, I can say that the first trip up was for Samuel (first only because he has been fighting longer) and the second was for Lucas. In total I rode 16 miles today, bringing my one month total to 1,010 miles. The ride is now over but you still have a week to be able to get in any of those last minute donations.

    Lastly, although I was riding for Lucas and Samuel there are so many others who have been touched by cancer. There are those you have been diagnosed and beat cancer back into remission or eradication (Wyonne, Dave, Mark, C.G. and so many others) There are those in the midst of their battle right now (John, Ray and Anne amongst others) and finally those who fought valiantly and lost their battle (Mom, Dad, Izzy and so many others we have seen on these pages) I pray for them every day.

    I cannot begin to adequately express my thanks for all of you for all that you have done to help give all children a chance to live a normal life, free of cancer. I will be forever in your debt.

    Posted 59 days ago
  • 2.4 mi ride - Rode 2.37 mi on 09/30/22 - Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Logged this ride 59 days ago
  • 2.6 mi ride - Rode 2.56 mi on 09/30/22 - Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Logged this ride 59 days ago
  • 11.5 mi ride - Rode 11.51 mi on 09/30/22 - Friday, September 30, 2022
    Logged this ride 59 days ago
  • This is it!
    30 Sep 2022

    22 miles last night leaves me 6 miles to go with this being the last day. Sure hope I can find time to get in a ride today! 😅

    Anyone interested in matching me a dollar for each mile on this last day? It will be at least 6 but no more than 20. Hoping I can pull off a little something special this evening. We'll see!

    Posted 60 days ago
  • 22.3 mi ride - Rode 22.3 mi on 09/29/22 - Thursday, September 29, 2022
    Logged this ride 60 days ago
  • 28.0 mi ride - Rode 28.02 mi on 09/28/22 - Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    Logged this ride 61 days ago
  • 7.6 mi ride - 7.65mi Road Cycling - Tuesday, September 27, 2022
    Logged this ride 62 days ago
  • 40.5 mi ride - Rode 40.51 mi on 09/26/22 - Monday, September 26, 2022
    Logged this ride 63 days ago
  • End of the week push
    26 Sep 2022

    Well as of this morning there were six days left to ride and I had 105 miles to reach my goal of 1,000. Due to family obligations, there are now 5 days left to ride and I have 105 miles left to reach my goal. I may lose out on two of those days due to family and work obligations which takes me to three days. That means 35 miles per day for those three days. Knowing that I am riding for Lucas and Samuel, failure is NOT an option. But I could use a little encouragement. Round numbers encourage me. 27,000 even sounds really good, but how does 30 thousand sound!!!

    If you know anyone who has been thinking about donating, now is the time. I will continue to ride until I accomplish what I told Lucas and Samuel I would do. Would love to be motivated by seeing that we are not yet done with that donation number.

    What do you say???

    End of the week push
    Posted 64 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!”
    $9,882.20
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Cory Drum
    “Thank you Dirk for being the amazing person and good friend you are!! I know Steph, Lucas and Samuel appreciate you so much and the boys are looking forward to shaving your head!! I may be too 🤗🥰”
    $1,035
    Received this donation 76 days ago
  • Stephanie Murray
    “Dirk, We are so happy to be a part of your campaign this year! You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your dedication to pediatric cancer research. Your buddies, Lucas and Samuel”
    $1,035
    Received this donation 76 days ago
  • First Presbyterian Church
    $517.50
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Anonymous
    $517.50
    Received this donation 64 days ago
  • Bill and Michelle Waymire
    “Dirk, Thank you for doing your part to end Childhood Cancer!”
    $500
    Received this donation 76 days ago
  • Anonymous
    $500
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Mark Horwitz
    $493.70
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • The Drs. Stephens
    “Kick cancer’s butt boys! We are cheering for you. ❤️ Mike & Bonnie”
    $442.45
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Huelskamp & Rivas PC
    $275.31
    Received this donation 57 days ago
  • Amy Stinson
    “Dirk this is an amazing thing you have committed to each year! Thank you for letting us be a small part of it!”
    $274.28
    Received this donation 76 days ago
  • Bryan Murray
    “These are some tough boys! Inspirational!”
    $274.28
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Anonymous
    “Thank you for riding for such a great cause, and for such great kids!”
    $274.28
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Sue Murray
    “Dirk, thank you for what you do. These boys and their families are amazing!! sue and dave murray”
    $274.28
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Cheryl Kerns
    $258.75
    Received this donation 76 days ago
  • Donna Logan
    $258.75
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Mary Jo Pepper & John Figueroa
    “Dirk.. it is a wonderful thing you do every year to raise money for Childhood Cancer. Thank you for riding this year 1,000 miles for Lucas & Samuel. Your support means so much to them as the fight to Kick Cancer's Butt...”
    $258.75
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • Anonymous
    $258.75
    Received this donation 84 days ago
  • Tony and Rochelle Pepper
    “Thank you Dirk for your hard work to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer and thank you for your support of Lucas and Samuel as they continue to battle and kick cancer's butt!”
    $258.75
    Received this donation 75 days ago
  • John & Linda LaVine - Thank you Dirk!
    $207
    Received this donation 76 days ago
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