Join a cycling community transplanting hope

Posted August 20th, 2013 by Be The Match and filed in News, Patient Stories
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Cycling-ChallengeIn February of 2009, Bob was diagnosed with Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Life changed. Treatment involved 6 months of chemotherapy followed by bone marrow transplant on October 27, 2009. “I have fought my way back to a full recovery thanks to my donor Jason, the wonderful medical staff, my family, my friends, and all the support and encouragement I have received,” says Bob.

An avid cyclist before cancer, Bob was determined to get back on his bike as soon as his doctor allowed. Starting slowly, Bob built up his distance and feels that his quick recovery was largely due to cycling and a big dose of determination.

Going the distance to give his miles meaning

Committed to helping others, Bob started to dedicate his long distance rides to patients like him.

  • September 2010: completed the Savannah Century (100 miles)
  • June 2011: biked from Boston to Key West unsupported (1790 miles)
  • 2012: rode 5,000 cumulative miles in the first ever Be The Match Cycling Challenge

He also started a companion fundraising effort to truly give his miles meaning. For every $100 raised Bob has been able to add another potential marrow donor to the Be The Match Registry. His efforts have truly paid off. Inspired by Bob, the Be The Match Cycling Challenge was established so that cyclists from around the globe can join the cause.

Bob’s goal for 2013 is year is to ride 6,000 miles, in honor of his fourth transplantiversary! “I am riding to give hope to those who are facing a similar challenge and to do everything within my power to see that everyone who needs a transplant to save their life is able to get one,” says Bob.

Are you a cyclist? You, too, can make a difference. Sign up to join the challenge!  The Be The Match Cycling Challenge allows participation from all over the world and isn’t built around a single event. Learn more>

2 Responses to “Join a cycling community transplanting hope”

  1. Sara says:

    I’m interested to know more about the Cycling Challenge. Is there a website with information? Thanks.


  2. Anne says:

    Just click on the “Learn more>” link at the end of the article and it takes you right to the site where you can sign up!

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