Why I Ride: Brenda Hilsberg

I am riding in memory of my dear cousin, Shirley Levine, who, sadly, lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer. Shirley was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who was loved by all and left us way to soon. Family was very important to Shirley and she was instrumental in bringing us together and keeping us close. Every summer Shirley and her husband, hosted a wonderful, fun-filled family gathering at their home in Peekskill, NY. that was attended by us all. I have fond memories from my childhood of those visits. When her husband passed, Shirley made the most selfless decision to leave her New York home and relocate to Florida to care for her aging mother,  In Florida, she continued the tradition of family gatherings by hosting all of us living here every Friday night in her home.

I ride, also, for friends and their families whose lives have been impacted by ovarian cancer but have, fortunately, been able to take steps to prevent an onset due to the advances that have been made and the knowledge we now have.

One woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer every 24 minutes. 22,000 women this year. One woman dies from ovarian cancer every 37 minutes. 15,000 women this year. Sadly, 70% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die from the disease. There is no reliable early detection test available for ovarian cancer. These women are our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and they deserve better. We all deserve better.

On April 30, 2017, I will be participating in Wheel to Survive, an inspirational four hour indoor cycling event to raise money to help women batting ovarian cancer today and to provide research dollars for a cure. 100% of the money I raise will go to fund these programs.

Please help me reach my goal by making a tax deductible donation today. You can also help me reach my goal by sharing my page or link with your friends by email or social media. Better yet, register today and come ride with me!

Thank you for your generous support and joining me to be the difference in the fight against ovarian cancer. Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are counting on us. The time is NOW!

Click here to show your support by making a donation to Brenda’s Wheel to Survive fundraising page, or register now to ride alongside Brenda and others at Wheel to Survive South Florida 2017 as we fight to end ovarian cancer!

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