WATERLOO – Elizabeth Hart ended up riding 870 miles on her bike in June of 2017. Regular Courier Journal readers may recall that article. It was more than a recreational ride for her. The month-long challenge helps raise money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. Hart raised more than $5,000 that year.

Last year Hart’s husband, Jerry Hart, was battling a rare form of cancer. While caring for him she rode fewer miles. However, she still raised over $5.000.

Unfortunately, Jerry passed away on his birthday, March 30, this year.

“Although I am busy running our business and dealing with his absence, I plan to ride again this June, Hart said recently. “I’m riding for my husband, but he didn’t want that. There’s a little girl in Waterloo who is battling leukemia. My husband told me he wanted me to ride for Ansley, to show our support and love for all children facing this horrendous disease. He knew how hard cancer was for an adult, but the thought that children suffered broke his heart.”

“Cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States.” Hart mentioned. “Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.”

In addition to this special ride, Hart also created a team for the Great Cycle Challenge: Team Waterloo.

Team members don’t have to ride together. They can just ride to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in support of Ansley, or and in memory of Jerry.

“I hope to raise $5000 myself, and the goal for Team Waterloo is $10,000,” said Hart. “That will act as matching money and will actually bring more than $180,000 in federal grants for research into children’s cancer!”

Participants can ride when they want, where they want, as much or as little as they want. And it costs nothing to participate. Riders just need a desire to dedicate their rides to cancer research and find sponsors to contribute for them.

There is still time to get involved with Team Waterloo! For more information or to get involved with a pledge or as a rider, call Hart at 256-483-9014.

I would love to get more riders for Team Waterloo and unite our community to Kick Cancer’s Butt!