The seventh annual Ride to Conquer Cancer was suspended Saturday due to the windstorm, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone who took part and finished it Sunday.
“That’s honestly what this ride has been for me. I’m going to get choked up. I feel like I haven’t really been able to share my story very often…”
Rachel Bellotti was one of over 15-hundred cyclists who braved pelting rain and unforgiving winds in a two-day cycle trip from Vancouver to Seattle.
Like many riders, Bellotti is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and says the ride has a personal meaning to her.
“The treatments were a little bit different back then. So I’ve met people with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma now and it’s not quite as invasive which is really cool to see the strides they’ve made.”
Last year, fundraising efforts raised over $11-million dollars towards cancer research in B.C.
From the fight of her life, to the ride of her life.
Bellotti was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 14 years old and as she geared up for the ride this weekend had a number of friends and co-workers help with donations.
“They were so generous with their time and networks and energy. So it was really just that and my whole team at work did a bake sale and raised $650 so it was insane.”
She says the ride provides a sense of community and allows her to share her story.