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About Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly is a writer/editor for the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “It’s a great privilege to interview patients and their loved ones and to have an inside view of the work that University of Wisconsin researchers and clinicians are doing to improve cancer treatments and save lives.” Rob has been writing professionally for more than 25 years, and has been an all-weather bicycle commuter for the past 20 years. “I’m looking forward to riding for the patients I’ve met, my own family members and friends who have faced or are facing cancer and the many patients who will benefit from cancer research at the University of Wisconsin.”

The Ride Celebrates Childhood Cancer Survivors

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 year’s weather-caused cancellation, The Ride exceeded its fundraising goal, bringing the four-year total amount raised to $1.5 million. In addition [...]

By |October 3rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

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

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 died of cancer. They wanted to take part in a family gathering that would be fun and meaningful. They had [...]

By |September 9th, 2019|News|1 Comment

No One Rides Alone

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. So they took up biking to feed their need to get outdoors and explore. Soon after, they learned about The [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|News|0 Comments

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

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 the time, the median life expectancy for people with this diagnosis was three years. That was 22 years ago. Thanks [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|News|1 Comment

Still Rocking It After Cancer

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 covered pop, country and rock hits of the day. He toured the country for a while but eventually took a [...]

By |June 14th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Grateful for Successful Treatment, Fulfilling Career

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 and knowledge to benefit current and future cancer patients. Labby, an assistant professor of human oncology at the University of [...]

By |August 27th, 2017|News|0 Comments

How do I get involved in The Ride?

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 and help us work toward improving outcomes for cancer patients. Here’s how: Register to ride—With a choice of five routes, [...]

By |August 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Everybody Wins

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, a Wisconsin native, knew by age 10 that she wanted to be a doctor. She developed a strong interest in [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|News|0 Comments

We’re All in this Together

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 no longer ride on his own. In March, Jeff and his wife were biking in Florida, and he kept catching [...]

By |July 18th, 2017|News|1 Comment

A New Tradition

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 of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, The Ride holds great meaning for [...]

By |July 11th, 2017|News|0 Comments