Welcome to Team Pedaling Sunshine!
My name is Kelly Leach and I am the founder of Team Pedaling Sunshine. I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in August 2014. I went through 12 rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, 6 weeks of radiation to my tumor site and 2 weeks of radiation to my lungs where my disease had metastasized. I am now cancer free.
I am grateful for my doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I am grateful for my husband, Dave, and my sons, Ryan and Tyler. And I am grateful for the overwhelming support of my network of friends and family during the most challenging year of my life.
I am not grateful for cancer. I hate cancer. I want to put an end to this disease, and all the pain it causes so many people and so many families. So does Team Pedaling Sunshine.
I launched Team Pedaling Sunshine in 2015. Our team name was inspired by the bedtime song “You Are My Sunshine,” which I have been singing to my sons (now 10 and 6) every night since they were born. In 2015, Pedaling Sunshine was 190 riders strong and we rode in 10 cities across the country. The team raised over $250,000. In 2016, Pedaling Sunshine was at it again—increasing our fundraising total to over $520,000 in just two years! And we are inspired to come back and ride again this year.
Cycle for Survival empowers us. We are making a real difference to everyone who has ever been touched by cancer. We ride for those who previously fought against cancer—so they’re not forgotten and their battles are inspirations for more research and more progress. We ride for those currently battlingso they have effective treatments and can one day be cancer free. We ride for those who will have future battles with cancerI had a rare cancer that tends to come creeping back, so I want to support MSK’s research for new treatment options should that day ever come.
If you’ve found yourself on this page, you’re ready to JOIN THE BATTLE with Team Pedaling Sunshine! You can expect a party on a bike like you’ve never imagined, an emotional high like you’ve never experienced, and a day you’ll never forget.
Thanks for supporting our team.