wanted to bring more awareness to this population. My connection to the cancer community grew immeasurably in 2013 and 2015, as I cycled across the United States, a cumulative 8,692 miles, raising money and awareness for young adults with cancer. Currently, I am a second-year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and joined Century for the Cure to continue giving back to the cancer community. As a student, I have an opportunity to conduct my own research, and I have seen directly how researchers at Rutgers Cancer Institute are on the front the following year. It is a powerful experience to ride with those who have been affected by this disease and to witness the comradery between our staff and some of their former patients. Century for the Cure marries my two passions: nursing and biking. The ride has been a great way for us to celebrate the hard work that goes into the event and the funds raised for cancer research. G Kamran Rafieyan, long-time rider the greatest physical accomplishment of my life. I’m still slow and steady and take a good seven to eight hours to complete the whole race. It’s not about going fast though, it’s about raising money for cancer research, and everybody involved is extremely supportive. When it gets really tough during the ride, what motivates me is to think of my father, who passed away a few years ago and who was in pain every day for a long time. Century for the Cure is my way of trying to make a difference in the battle against cancer. G Helmut Zarbl, PhD, research member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Cancer Metabolism and Growth Program; professor of environmental and occupational medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School I was historically a casual cyclist, putting in 20 to 30 miles on weekends during the lines of developing innovative therapies that could shape the future of cancer treatment. The money raised by the ride goes directly to this research, directly to changing the future of medicine. Cancer is a disease that changes lives, but together so can we! G I warmer seasons. A friend pulled me into one of the bigger charity rides and the whole thing just felt somewhat large, impersonal, and inefficient. It was also for a cause that wasn’t really close to home for me. My father and other family members were battling cancer at the time, and so I did some research to find a ride with that focus. I stumbled across Century for the Cure, which is based right in my hometown of Warren, and I was immediately drawn in by the story. Here was a ride where the founder and organizer is a cancer survivor, and dollars raised by each rider go directly to support cancer research. I started out with the 40-mile ride and within two years worked my way up to the 100-mile ride, which is n January 2016 I was involved in a serious car accident (not on my bicycle, thankfully!). I was on my way to work when someone stopped suddenly in front of me to make an illegal left turn. The SUV I was driving was totaled and I sustained serious neck injuries. Although my neck is sore I am back...it feels good to ride again, because the cause is just too important to worry about some discomfort. I need to ride for my dad, for friends and family members suffering from various forms of cancer. It affects so many of us and the need for research dollars has never been greater. My ride this year is dedicated to my brother-in-law Steve who is battling lung cancer. I Helene Greenberg, RN, BSN, pediatric hematology/oncology treatment nurse, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; and Century for the Cure Rutgers Cancer Institute team captain I heard about Century for the Cure from a patient’s father. He was training hard to participate in the ride, knowing the funds would go directly back to Rutgers Cancer Institute to potentially helping his child. This was very inspirational, and since I have been riding for years I decided to join the cause Along with multiple route options, there are also options to register as a ‘virtual’ rider or volunteer. Learn how you can participate at the October 1 event at centuryforthecure.com. Summer 2017 I Cancer Connection I 25