When we think of cancer, we don't always think of cancer in animals. But, for Sarah Rauers, administrative assistant, for the animal biology department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, cancer in animals – and people – is always in her thoughts.
“At this point, I don't think there is anyone who doesn't know someone with, or who has had cancer,” says Sarah. “I've had family members, as well as pets, I've watched suffer through the disease.”
And that, says Sarah, is one of the things that has motivated her to join the Philadelphia Ride to Conquer Cancer this October.
“I went to an information session with my co-workers, and we decided to start a team together,” says Sarah. “There was so much energy and hope we saw within the ride and the research happening at Penn, we wanted to support the cause.”
Cancer Research at Penn Vet
Within the faculty at Penn Vet, there is a lot of research that focuses on cancer. “Penn Vet studies cancer biology in mice, dogs and larger animals – all part of a mission to pursue translational medicine,” says Sarah. “Breakthroughs in cancer research today made in research could someday can one day help conquer cancer in all species.”
The other motivation behind Sarah's decision was a very personal one.
"A couple of years ago I was hit by a car while commuting on my bike to work,” she says. “I suffered a great deal of physical and emotional trauma from that experience. Getting back on my bike and participating in The Ride is a big milestone for me.”
As for her fundraising efforts, Sarah has been pleasantly surprised at the support she's gotten from family and friends.
“Fundraising has been so much easier than I thought it would be. Shocked by the generosity of my friends and family, and ‘Facebook friends,'” she says. “If you are considering joining, just do it. For about three days after my team signed up we were concerned about what we got ourselves into but it's going to be easier and more rewarding than any of us think!”
The Ride to Conquer Cancer®
Join Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) on October 11 to 12, 2014 in the Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC)—an unforgettable and epic bike ride through Pennsylvania's picturesque landscape -towards one life-changing destination: to cure cancer. The ride isn't just for cyclists, it's for anyone who wants to see a cure for cancer.
At two-days and 150+ miles the RTCC will be a physical challenge—and an emotional and inspirational weekend—that will give you a chance to ride side by side with physicians, patients and families--raising serious funds and awareness in the ACC's fight to cure cancer.
The funds raised through the ride will be put to use immediately, powering the ACC's vision to eradicate cancer as a cause of human disease and suffering through precision medicine, novel research, next-generation therapies, and compassionate care.
This event will be remarkable, bringing together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists, and their supporters with a common goal to conquer this disease. Join the ride in October by registering today at www.ridetovictory.org or by calling 844-777-7433.
Before the ride, you will have access to:
- Expert coaching
- Training rides in your area
- Personal web page for fundraising
- Helpful manual
- 2014 ride commemorative item
During the ride, participants will have access to:
- Event-day ride jersey
- Support along the route
- Catered meals
- Entertainment at camp
- Massage and medical care