Staff report for The Island Connection
Lisa Giuliani of Charleston is planning to ride 300 miles and raise $2,500 during the month of September for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in support of its sixth annual Great Cycle Challenge USA.
“My 15-year-old daughter became fast friends with her classmate in kindergarten who was diagnosed with acute myeloid lymphoma halfway through that school year. She spent many months at MUSC Children’s Hospital receiving lifesaving treatments, and we visited her there weekly when her blood counts were high enough. My daughter participates in this fundraiser with me. If it had not been for the prayers, the doctors, the research and the treatments, my daughter’s friend might not be here today,” Giuliani said.
“Watching my daughter’s best friend and family during their cancer battle changed my life forever,” she added.
“That’s the reason I ride to do my part to help fight this terrible disease.”
Founded in 2015, the Great Cycle Challenge USA has grown to become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. In just five years, more than 230,000 riders from 50 states have ridden 18 million miles, raising over $24 million for research and the development of better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. This year, CCRF hopes more than 80,000 riders will help raise $10 million.
“Over 15,000 American children are diagnosed with cancer every year and, sadly, 38 children die every week,” said John Hallberg, chief executive officer of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
“Thanks to riders like Lisa, we’re fueling groundbreaking research to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve.”
Funds go to support research at leading pediatric cancer centers across America.
To learn more about Giuliani’s Great Cycle Challenge USA and to make a donation, visit greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/LisaGiuliani. To participate in the Great CycleChallengeUSA, visit GreatCycleChallenge.com.