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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 19 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.”

Informational Packet

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

By |September 11th, 2016|Event|0 Comments

Final Route Maps

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      

By |September 11th, 2016|Event|0 Comments

Still Making Music

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 cavity and facial muscles needed to play this physically demanding instrument. That changed in 2014. He noticed a pea-sized swelling [...]

By |September 7th, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

Why We Ride

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 patients. Between 8 and 10 percent of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications get funded, down from 25 to [...]

By |August 29th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Carrying on a Shared Passion

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, like so many others who have died from cancer, Ben will be there in the hearts and minds of loved [...]

By |August 23rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

5 Fundraising Tips

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 research. Fundraise successfully with these five tips: Write your story. Be sincere, use good photos, and no spelling errors. Why do you ride? Who are [...]

By |August 10th, 2016|Fundraising, News|0 Comments

Committed to Saving Lives

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 a radioactive material and chemical agent to treat multiple myeloma, a cancer of a type of white blood cell that [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Research|2 Comments

No Expiration Date

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 sense of humor. At a recent chemotherapy treatment, his nurse asked, “Do you mind if we get rolling?” His reply: [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

Hope Despite Incurable Brain Cancer

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 her husband Nate were celebrating their first wedding anniversary. It wasn’t what they’d expected. Regularly scheduled MRIs hadn’t indicated any [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments

An Unexpected Diagnosis in the Prime of Life

“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 bigger, she decided to have it checked out. A biopsy revealed the baseball-size lump to be triple-negative infiltrating ductal carcinoma—a [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Patient Story|0 Comments