The Ride Celebrates Childhood Cancer Survivors

October 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

October 7, 2019 Each year since 2016, The Ride has brought together thousands of community members to volunteer, ride and donate money for cancer research at the University of Wisconsin. Despite this [...]

The Ride Raises $407,389 in 2019

October 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Bicycle Fundraiser Transforming University of Wisconsin Cancer Research October 1, 2019 Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison announces The Ride, a bicycle benefit for cancer research and patient treatment has raised $407,389 [...]

The Ride 2019 Sets Record Highs Despite Inclement Weather

September 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

THE RIDE RAISES OVER $400,000 AND COUNTING IN 2019 Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s annual cancer research cycling benefit, The Ride, announces it has set a new annual record of over [...]

The Ride Forced to Cancel 2019 Event

September 22nd, 2019|2 Comments

The Ride 2019 Canceled Due To Weather Madison, Wis. – Due to impending weather for the day as well as the safety of participants and volunteers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has canceled The [...]

A Fitting Tribute for One Family Member, a Show of Support for Another

September 9th, 2019|1 Comment

The Ride brings the Voelker Family together to fight cancer In 2017, Laura and Josh Voelker, along with other family members, wanted to pay tribute to Josh’s beloved Aunt Ann, who had recently [...]

No One Rides Alone

August 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Family Gives Back to Others at The Ride Heather and Tim Wellendorf used to be runners. They trained and completed several half marathons and a full marathon before Heather’s knees couldn’t take anymore. [...]

Longtime Cancer Survivor, Advocate & Activist Promotes Research and Better Access to Treatment

August 15th, 2019|1 Comment

The story of Paul Westrick living an active life after cancer treatment and clinical trials Paul Westrick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood, when he was 45. At [...]

Still Rocking It After Cancer

June 14th, 2019|0 Comments

How Paul West returned to the stage after a battle with cancer June 25, 2019 - Paul West made a living in the 1970s and 80s playing keyboards in bands in Texas that [...]

The Ride Introduces the Peloton Program

June 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Engagement Initiative Created for Local Organizations to Impact UW Cancer Research June 13, 2019 Madison, Wis. – The Ride, the University of Wisconsin-Madison cancer research benefit announces a newly designed program that allows companies [...]

The Ride Partners with American Family Insurance on New Site Location

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

UW Cancer Research Cycling Benefit to take place at American Family Insurance Headquarters Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin’s cancer research cycling benefit, The Ride, announces the annual event will now take [...]

2018 Fundraising Goals

July 23rd, 2018|2 Comments

Our riders and donors are critical to our mission of having the most innovative cancer research and treatment programs right here at UW and we want to encourage everyone to set a goal, reach it and keep going to the [...]

Grateful for Successful Treatment, Fulfilling Career

August 27th, 2017|0 Comments

The UW Carbone Cancer Center holds a special place in Dr. Zac Labby’s heart. It’s where his mom was successfully treated for breast cancer, where he discovered his calling and where he applies his skills [...]

How do I get involved in The Ride?

August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Community participation powers The Ride, a bicycle benefit for cancer research at the University of Wisconsin. Even if you are not an avid cyclist, there are plenty of opportunities for you to support this effort [...]

Be one of our top 3 fundraisers!

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Our top 3 fundraisers will have their choice of a Schwinn Phocus or Volare road bike. Top fundraisers can ride any route and riders have until October 1 to raise money. It's never too late to [...]

Looking Forward

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

In late 2012, Juan Tapia noticed a lump in his neck while shaving. He had just gotten over the flu, so slightly swollen tonsils didn’t concern him much. The lump didn’t go away, and he [...]

Everybody Wins

July 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr. Bethany Anderson, an Assistant Professor of Human Oncology at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, feels privileged to treat cancer patients and hopes that cancer research will enable her to do more for them. Anderson, [...]

We’re All in this Together

July 18th, 2017|1 Comment

Dr. Zach Morris, Assistant Professor of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), recently bought a tandem bike so he can ride with his father, Jeff, who can [...]

A New Tradition

July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Last year, Jennifer Smilowitz and her children (twins Florencia and Logan) began a new family tradition—participating in The Ride to raise money for cancer research at the University of Wisconsin. For Smilowitz, an Associate Professor [...]

Paralympian Cancer Survivor Takes on The Ride

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

In 1991, Patrick McDonald lost the use of his legs in an armored personnel transport accident while serving in the U.S. Army in South Korea. Determination, a positive attitude and participation in sports helped him [...]

A Shared Loss, a Common Goal

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

As 11-year-old Steven Hill pedaled his way home, he saw all the cars parked outside his parents’ house. He knew something big had happened. Steve was aware of his dad’s myxoid liposarcoma—a rare cancer of [...]

Somebody’s Somebody

May 18th, 2017|0 Comments

In 1997, after months of back pain, Diane Tuttle was diagnosed with a rare cancer—adult soft-tissue sarcoma. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy at UW Hospital, but the cancer recurred and she died in September 1998 [...]

What is Cancer Research?

May 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment are built upon the cumulative effort of many scientists and clinicians. It’s an integrated process that generally involves three types of research: basic, translational and clinical. Basic [...]

Riding to Heal, Riding for Hope

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Tricia Ritschard was excited about The Ride—the bicycle fundraiser for cancer research at the University of Wisconsin. She planned to cheer on her friends at the starting line, but she was too sick to make [...]

‘Minions’ Rally Around Patient, UW Cancer Research

April 27th, 2017|0 Comments

‘Minions’ Rally Around Patient, UW Cancer Research “Grab my shoes. I want to go for a walk,” said Mike Barman as he pushed the button on his recliner to help him stand. He had just [...]

What is The Ride?

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

In 2016, the Department of Human Oncology (DHO) at the Carbone Cancer Center launched The Ride, an annual community bicycling event to raise money for innovative cancer research at the University of Wisconsin. Deric Wheeler, [...]

Positive and Determined

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

In 2016, 9-year-old Maddie Schieve ran a one-mile cross-country race nearly three minutes faster than she had previously. It was an impressive feat that would make any parent proud under ordinary circumstances. Given her medical [...]

Cancer-free and Enjoying The Ride

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

In 2003, Marshall Flax went to an ENT specialist to discuss options to reduce his snoring. The doctor said a tonsillectomy might help. The plan was to remove the tonsils. After removing one tonsil, the [...]

The Ride Awards $25,000 to Child Life Program at American Family Children’s Hospital

January 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Maddie Schieve was just 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer that grows in the bones or soft tissues. The tumor in her chest made breathing difficult, but fortunately, [...]

Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Awarded $25,000 Ride Scholarship

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Understanding the unique molecular “fingerprint” of a patient’s tumor could lead to more effective, personalized cancer treatments. Genomic tests can provide detailed information about a patient's tumor, but using this information to help patients remains [...]

Dr. Dustin Deming Receives Ride Scholar Award to Explore New Colorectal Cancer Therapies

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr. Dustin Deming wants to “fundamentally change the way we treat colorectal cancer.” Deming is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a colon-cancer survivor. [...]

Dr. Jim Cleary Receives Ride Scholar Award to Expand Access to Essential Pain Medications

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Opioids can improve the lives of patients with advanced cancer. But 80 percent of the world’s population does not have access to these crucial pain medications. This is a problem that Dr. Jim Cleary, professor [...]

Dr. Zach Morris Receives $25,000 Ride Scholar Award

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Can radiation increase the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies? That’s a question that Zach Morris, assistant professor of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is hoping to answer through [...]

Dr. Jessica Miller Receives Ride Scholar Award to Improve Tumor Imaging

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

CT imaging is a critical part of treatment planning for radiation therapy. However, conventional CT does not always clearly show the edges of tumors in certain sites in the body. This can make it difficult [...]

Deric Wheeler (co-founder and Director of The Ride), and Team, Map a New Cellular Pathway of Cancer Therapy Resistance

January 6th, 2017|0 Comments

-This story originally appeared on UW Health News- Madison, Wisconsin — New research from University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center members in the Department of Human Oncologycould lead to better outcomes for patients with head and neck, lung and [...]

Informational Packet

September 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Read the rider informational packet by clicking on the link: Event Day Information

Final Route Maps

September 11th, 2016|0 Comments

One more week until The Ride! View the route maps below. Click on link to view map PDF: 16- and 34-mile routes Click on link to view map PDF: 63- and 101-mile routes      

Still Making Music

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

In his 30 years as a trumpet player, David Cooper had never gone more than three days in a row without playing—a strict regimen that helped him maintain his embouchure—the coordination of lips, tongue, oral [...]

Why We Ride

August 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Advances in cancer therapy often begin in the laboratory, but tight budgets and decreasing availability of federal grants are making it difficult for researchers to find funding for projects that could improve outcomes for cancer [...]

Carrying on a Shared Passion

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

If Ben Pinkerton were alive, you’d probably find him biking the 100-mile route of The Ride, a bicycle fundraiser for cancer research developed by the University of Wisconsin that takes place on September 18. Instead, [...]

5 Fundraising Tips

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

The most important mission of a non-profit fundraising campaign is to raise money for the cause. With all dollars raised by The Ride staying in the Madison area, there isn’t a more direct route to directly impact cancer [...]

Committed to Saving Lives

August 9th, 2016|2 Comments

After 28 years, the words of gratitude still resonate: “I’m so grateful they came up with this in time for me.” These words came from a patient who was undergoing a unique therapy that used [...]

No Expiration Date

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Nearly two years after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Tim Myers, who recently retired after more than 40 years in the printing business, faces his disease and his treatment with calm pragmatism and a gentle [...]

Hope Despite Incurable Brain Cancer

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Six years after completing radiation and chemotherapy for stage two astrocytoma—a type of brain tumor—Kaitlin Jacobsen began experiencing the telltale signs of a swollen brain—headache, nausea and hallucinations. She started feeling ill as she and [...]

An Unexpected Diagnosis in the Prime of Life

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

“It’s probably a blocked milk duct,” Erin Eklund-Pierce thought when she noticed the lump in her breast—a likely explanation for a 28-year-old breastfeeding mom with no family history of breast cancer. When the lump got [...]

From Database Manager to Data-Generating Subject

July 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Heather Geye knows cancer research. As a database manager in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, this self-described “data nerd” tracks the progress of head [...]

A High-Quality Life Despite a Rare and Challenging Disease

July 28th, 2016|4 Comments

Karl Harter’s face was unexpectedly red and swollen when he awoke—the latest development in a long history of living with late-stage adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). “Sorry to bother you guys on a Sunday morning …” [...]

A Triathlete Endures

July 28th, 2016|2 Comments

Editor's Note: Terry Stebner passed away in June 2019 after a long and hard fought battle with head and neck cancer.  Accomplished endurance athlete Terry Stebner wasn’t too worried about the lump in his neck [...]

Rare Cancer Doesn’t Ground National Guard Pilot

July 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Flying a fighter jet can subject a pilot to nine times the force of gravity, which can force blood from the brain to the lower parts of the body and cause unconsciousness. Fortunately, the anti-G [...]