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Kelly Leach

Team Name:  Pedaling Sunshine - Summit
Years Participated: Fourth Year

Location:   Summit, NJ:

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I got my first cancer scars when I lost my mother to cervical cancer in 1992. I was only 20 years old at that time, grateful for the years I had with my mom, but devastated by the loss, and so saddened by a future without her. Fast forward to 2014, when cancer came for me. I battled hard for a full year, and declared victory on Ewing’s Sarcoma in September of 2015, after 12 rounds of chemo and 8 weeks of radiation. During my battle, my stepmother waged her own battle - a recurrence with endometrial cancer. She continues to fight. Countless friends have fought their own battles, and most are still around to share their experiences - but not all. 

I will not stand by and let these scars deepen. I will not watch while others are scarred. I will JOIN THE BATTLE for those who battled before me, for those who battle now, for those who have won, for those who have lost, for recurrences that may be brewing, and for all who may have a battle ahead of them and don’t even know it yet.

JOIN THE BATTLE with me, Team Pedaling Sunshine, and Cycle for Survival. Celebrate with us as we achieve an impressive milestone - and raise our one millionth dollar for rare cancer!


I'm raising money for rare cancer research. Will you join me by making a donation? Your gift will directly help people who have few, if any, treatment options. Through Cycle for Survival, progress is accelerating. We arm scientists with the resources to explore pioneering ideas, discover new therapies, and collaborate to find the next breakthrough.

Why this matters to me:

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
When combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are cancers we know — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers — yet research is largely underfunded.

100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK
Every dollar you give will advance innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients across the country and around the world.

6 Months for Fast Impact
Not only does every dollar go to research, your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. As a donor, you will learn about the projects supported and the breakthroughs made.

Thank you for your support!


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