Difference Why I Ride Making A The annual Century for of riding alongside Dr. Strair and meeting many of the wonderful people on his team. It was a life changing experience, to say the very least, and I will be forever indebted to all of them. I dedicate every single mile that I ride to Courtney and to my motherin-law, Susan, and my mother, Helen, who also had their own battles with cancer. I also dedicate the ride to the incredible doctors, nurses, and staff at both Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJ, who became like family to us. Their exceptional level of care, compassion, and support made each and every day a little bit easier to deal with in the face of this horrible disease. If cancer has affected your life in any way, shape, or form please consider donating to this worthy cause and sharing my story with your loved ones. G Chris Gaffney, Hodgkin lymphoma survivor been cancer-free since. I started cycling in 2014, and as I was looking for an event to try for my first long organized ride, I came across Century for the Cure and Scott's story. I immediately felt a connection. The ride was the perfect event, as I was looking for a way to give back and I wanted to prove to myself and others that having had cancer does not define you or restrict you in any way. During my first year I was riding alone and I was taken under the wing of a complete stranger who helped me along for most of the ride. We have done many more events since then but Century for the Cure is one of our favorites. There is a powerful feeling to contribute to such a great cause; it really changes your outlook on life. you are not powerless, you are not helpless, and you can actually make a difference by riding. I love that the proceeds go to research, and that we can raise awareness of the work being done to find a cure. G the Cure bike ride that supports Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is gearing up for another successful event with an aim of raising $350,000 this year to add to the $2 million already raised since its inception 13 years ago. Registration for this year's October 1 event, which features route options of 100, 62, 40 and 25 miles, is open at centuryforthecure.com. Many know the story of Scott Glickman (above, right), the founder of the ride who battled stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma nearly two decades ago and decided to ‘give back’ to Rutgers Cancer Institute by starting the ride. Through the years, so many others became involved. Learn more about why they ride in their own words: Robert Rose, husband of Hodgkin lymphoma survivor M y wife Courtney was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2002, and was treated and cared for by an incredible team of doctors, nurses and social workers led by Dr. Roger Strair, chief of hematologic ma- I n 2010 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. I finished my treatment in December of the same year, and have Mike Jones, MD candidate, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School M y initial connection to the cancer community began right before col- lege when a high school classmate was diagnosed with cancer. This left an extraordinary impact on me, as everyone I knew was beginning their next chapter in life, but my classmate was at home receiving cancer treatment. I soon became involved with an organization that provides support to young adults affected by cancer, but I lignancies and the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute. She has been in remission ever since. In 2010, I had the great honor 24 I Cancer Connection I Summer 2017