Breast cancer survivor Jennifer Browning was so moved when hearing about the Great Cycle Challenge, she signed up without even owning a bike.
Now the Plainfied resident has a bike, a belief and areason to ride.
She’s riding in the fifth annual Great Cycle Challenge USA to fight kids’ cancer. She’s one of 73,000riders who have signed nationwide. This year’s goal is to raise $8 million, allof which benefits Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
Browning has been surrounded by cancer her whole life. Not only is she a breast cancer survivor, she’s lost other relatives and has a 7-year-oldcousin with a brain tumor. She wants to ride to support others, the way she was supported during her breast cancer treatment.
Browning, in an email from Topsail Strategies for Great Cycle Challenge, said, "I'm doing the Great Cycle Challenge for many reasons. Cancer has affected our family for years and the pain that is endured with this disease is excruciating.
"I've seen my grandmother get cancer, my mother get cancer, my father get cancer, my aunt get cancer, my two sisters, and I received a cancer diagnosis four years ago. Although these diagnosis have been hard, seeing my cousin Joseph at age 7 diagnosed with a brain tumor has been extremely difficult.
"Being a breast cancer survivor, I understand how hard cancer is and how this disease needs to be eliminated. As an adult, I can process and understand that my body was sick.
"Seeing any child going through treatment, not being able to play outside or even attend school because of cancer is something that breaks my heart. I wanted to raise funds to eliminate kid's cancer. I ride because of those that can't.
"When I don't feel like riding I think of Joseph and knows he doesn't want to be in a hospital or doing a treatment. I'm riding so hopefully one day no one has to hear a cancer diagnosis and every child can be outside enjoying life instead of fighting cancer. "