Each of us have our own reasons for riding RAAM. Read our stories.
I can vividly remember as a kid watching ABC's Wide World of Sports ("the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat") and seeing these crazy cyclists racing across the country in a thing called Race Across America (RAAM). I was not a cyclist, nor did I have any endurance such that I could ever have imagined doing such a thing myself. However, as an adult I started cycling and doing longer events, riding each year I lived in Chicago in a local ride put on by Lon Haldeman and Susan Notarangelo – a husband and wife team I saw on Wide World of Sports doing RAAM many years before. I asked them about RAAM and was regaled with stories of riding through the night into the dawn, seeing the country on two wheels, and the thrill of completing one of the world's hardest races. I never forgot watching RAAM on Wide World of Sports, nor the stories told to me by Lon and Susan. A few years ago I decided it was time to seriously consider RAAM, and put together a team to ride on behalf of the CT Challenge. Unfortunately, I had a very serious crash just 6 weeks before RAAM (breaking 21 bones - the agony of defeat for sure), and was obviously unable to ride. That 4 man team turned into a 2 man team – which got second place and completed the cross–country ride in 7 days, 7 hours and 7 minutes. I vowed I would one day try again and having turned 50 this past September, now seemed a good time to give it another go. So, I talked John Ragland, a close friend and colleague, into doing the ride with me, and after some beers one evening with the Pemberton brothers we had our team. All of us are excited for an epic adventure, and are equally pleased with the chance to raise significant funds to support research that will be the basis for health insurance coverage for post-treatment care for all cancer survivors.
After riding in the CT Challenge bike ride almost eight years ago, I quickly learned about its mission to fill the huge gap in care for cancer survivors after treatment. What I didn't know was the need for a post-treatment rehabilitation plan that all survivors were missing. Our @RAAMCANCER effort is an opportunity to fund research that could prove something vitally important for the survivor community - that a rehabilitation plan can significantly improve quality of life and potentially reduce the risk of recurrence. Our team of four inspired riders thank you for your support. Please sign up for email updates -- to hear more about the research project this will fund, and to follow our journey across the country with photos and videos.
Starting on June 15th, the 2013 edition of Race Across America will travel more than 3,000 miles from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. Myself, Adam Pemberton, John Ragland and Tom Kottler make up the @RAAMCANCER cycling team. We are riding to raise money to fund research that will change the lives of cancer survivors. As it stands, cancer is a disease that has no evidence-based rehabilitation plan -- unlike cardiac, diabetes and many other diseases. The money we are raising will fund the research that we believe will prove the case for insurance coverage for post treatment cancer rehabilitation.
While our @RAAMCANCER journey will travel across the country in 7 or 8 eight days, cancer survivorship is a journey that lasts a lifetime. Help support this research for the cancer survivors who face the ultimate challenge every day of their lives.
As co-founder of the CT Challenge, I have a history working with and creating programs for cancer survivors. When I look at what survivors get when they leave their oncologist versus what the healthcare system provides, it amazes me at what few resources are available to rehabilitate survivors. Insurance does not cover a survivor’s efforts to get their health back, which is appalling. Through this ride, the CT Challenge research and a lot of other outreach, we intend to change that.
This is a short video of our 24 hour race simulation, held 4 weeks from race day.
The CT Challenge RAAM Cycling Team will be raising funds to for critical research, whose goal is to confirm that certain lifestyle interventions will reduce cancer recurrence and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors. We will be working with Keith M. Bellizzi, Ph. D, MPH, Associate Professor of the University of Connecticut to perform the study. Dr. Bellizzi is a foremost authority on cancer survivor research and author of 15 publications on the subject. The CT Challenge is coordinating the project and providing the research facilities.
Oceanside, CA to Anapolis, MD
3,000 Miles in Seven Days