John Balena

4years All Star
John Balena
I am riding 400 mi for my friend, Hayden Nelson. Please sponsor me and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer and save little lives.
I've Ridden 0.0 mi ? My goal is 400 mi
My Rankings
  • National: 6th
  • State: 1st in TX
I've raised $4,651 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Hayden Nelson

Hayden Nelson

Team, It is one thing to fight Kid's Cancer in general, but since March 3rd, 2023 Hayden Nelson was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has been fighting the cancer through prayers and support from family and friends like me. We have been given the privilege again this year of riding to fight Kid's Cancer in Hayden's name. Hayden should be living life, not fighting for it and our thoughts, prayers and ever mile we ride and every dollar we give are in his name and for his healing. May God continue to richly bless you and your family, Hayden, as we fight with you to kick cancer's butt. If you wish to be kept up to date on Hayden's progress and pray for him, please find the updates at the "Huddle Up for Hayden" group page found here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/153107400596134 John

My Story

23 Jun 2024

Once again, this September I will ride my bicycle in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer in Hayden Nelson's honor! This year my personal challenge is to again ride 400 miles or 100 miles per week.

Why am I riding this challenge on Hayden's behalf? 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.

In March 2023 Hayden was diagnosed with Leukemia. In March 2024, after one year of life saving treatments made possible by the donations and prayers of many people like you, Hayden's tests revealed that no Leukemia cells were present.

Please consider supporting my 400 mile ride with your prayers and support at 10 cents per mile to give Hayden and kids like him the brighter futures they deserve.

Thank you!

My Legacy

Here's my personal impact over 4 years to fight kids' cancer and save little lives.
  • 100 mi Ridden
    Raised
    2021
  • 125 mi Ridden
    $3,303 Raised
    2022
  • 442 mi Ridden
    $4,436 Raised
    2023
4years
667 mi
Ridden
$12,941
Raised

My Challenge

  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just raised $2,500 to fight kids' cancer and achieved SUPERHERO LEVEL in the challenge! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 29 days ago
  • $2,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just raised $2,000 to fight kids' cancer and achieved LEGEND LEVEL in the challenge! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 29 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just raised $1,000 to fight kids' cancer and achieved WARRIOR LEVEL in the challenge! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 29 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just raised $500 to fight kids' cancer and achieved GUARDIAN LEVEL in the challenge! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 29 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just raised $250 to fight kids' cancer and achieved PROTECTOR LEVEL in the challenge! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 29 days ago
  • $100 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just raised $100 to fight kids' cancer and achieved DEFENDER LEVEL in the challenge! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 34 days ago

My Sponsors

  • Bridget Lorenz Lemberg
    “Peddle faster John!”
    $3,622.50
    Received this donation 29 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Bridget, thank you so much for your generous donation to fight Kid's Cancer in Hayden's honor. How can I not peddle faster now! Looking forward to celebrating the ride with you at the end of September at our 50th year High School class reunion!”
  • The Sansone Group
    “Good luck John!”
    $517.50
    Received this donation 29 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Lizz and Chris, I am so grateful for your generous donation to fight Kid's Cancer in Hayden's honor. You both have been such good friends to Janie and me over the years and your support is so encouraging. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
  • Steven Joiner
    “John, Thank you for doing this to support Hayden and his family as they battle cancer, an unimaginable struggle. Its a special person that will commit to helping someone like this. You are an amazing friend. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you ride for Hayden. Steve”
    $124.20
    Received this donation 28 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Steve! Thank you so much for joining the 2024 team. You are an amazing friend and brother in Christ and I am thankful for your kind words and support. There have been so many people praying for Hayden and his family and that is making a huge difference. We are doing our part in prayer and giving and it is such an encouragement to the family and Hayden.”
  • Dan OConnell
    $72.45
    Received this donation 27 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Brother, Dan, thank you so much for being part of the 2024 team and for your prayers and support. It is good to have a prayer warrior on the team because the prayer of the righteous are powerful and effective!”
  • Cheryl Shequen
    “Your commitment and dedication is so inspiring. Hayden is so lucky to have you in his corner.”
    $51.75
    Received this donation 28 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Cheryl, so grateful for your donation and kind words. We are blessed to have Hayden to love and support and see God's faithfulness. Welcome to the team!”
  • Kristy McDougal
    $51.75
    Received this donation 22 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Kristy, I am so grateful for you support to fight Kid's Cancer and for joining our 2024 team! Hope all is well with Adam, Clair, Kate and you.”
  • David Schandler
    “Best wishes from David, Heidi, and Lila”
    $50
    Received this donation 28 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “David, your longstanding friendship is such a blessing. Thank you for being a part of our 2024 team to fight Kid's Cancer!”
  • Angie Collins
    “Such a great cause!”
    $36.23
    Received this donation 25 days ago
    John Balena
    John
    “Angie, what a pleasant surprise. I am so grateful for your support and joining our 2024 team. You are the best!”
  • John Balena
    “Kicking things off with my own personal donation to fight kids' cancer!”
    $124.20
    Received this donation 34 days ago
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