“You can beat cancer, but you can’t fight alone. You need a team on your side.”
Those are brilliant words from Philly Challenge participant, Gordon Uchenick. With Philly Challenge coming up in just a few short weeks, it’s a perfect time to remind ourselves what we’re running or riding for, and take a moment to think about our “team.” When you’re on Team LIVESTRONG, you’re part of a league of some of the strongest fighters there are, and there’s nothing quite like the sense of spirit and unity that surround our team at the Philly Challenge.
Amanda DiPietro, Team Poppy captain running in memory of her grandpop “Poppy”, appreciates that “family members and friends are there to support the survivors and people going through cancer–those people are there to lift up the family members and friends.” She calls the whole experience “very beautiful.”
Alex Hohmann, cancer survivor, longtime Philly participant and team member of Cyclists Combating Cancer (read his story here) remembers his first LIVESTRONG Challenge back in 2008. He remarked, “I was surprised by just how emotionally powerful it was to be surrounded, for the first time in my life, by so many other people who had been affected by cancer.”
Rip Scott, another amazing cancer survivor and team captain of TEAM SCOTT/ripstrong, says that through LIVESTRONG he has found both community and purpose. “I am part of a larger and far more powerful force. Many of my most important relationships have blossomed through the Challenge. And while I see many of you but once a year, we are one, with each other and for each other.”
Survivor Matt Petroski started doing the Philly Challenge right after he finished treatment for stage IV sinus cancer and inspired us with his story. “I started to exercise again post-treatment to regain my energy. Six months later, I completed the 70 mile ride. It was something I had never done before, pre-cancer days included. I value the atmosphere of cancer survivors and those affected by cancer at the LIVESTRONG Challenge.”
So whether you’re a survivor, doing the Challenge in honor of a friend or family member, or just ready to ride or run for great cause, know that you always have the support of an entire army supporters right behind you. With Team LIVESTRONG backing you, you’re never alone in your fight. Philly Challenge is more than a run. It’s more than a ride. It’s more than just a weekend of good food, music, and fun. It’s a fight. And together as a team, we’re ready to win. So bring it on, cancer. You can’t beat the Philly Challenge!
Join the Team and the fight in Philly on August 17th for the 10k/5k run or walk and on August 18th for the 20, 45, 65, or 100 mile bike ride.