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Monroe resident cycling to help find a cure for childhood cancer

Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 5:48 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Cycling for a cause is what one Monroe woman is doing to make a difference. It’s a part of the Great Cycle Challenge USA. The organization raises money for childhood cancer research.

Carol Hanson is cycling 100 miles in September. She says every pedal stroke supports a larger goal to help find a cure. Hanson says kids should be having fun living life, not fighting for it.

“I started riding just for my own health benefits and I came across it and read up on it and what they were doing and I had to join. I lost my father to cancer. He had a full life though these kids are fighting for that chance,” said Carol Hanson, Great Cycle Challenge participant.

According to the CDC, more than 15,000 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S., that’s why Hanson is riding 100 miles. Her goal is to raise 500 dollars and she plans to donate the money to the Great Cycle Challenge USA.

“I feel like it’s something difficult to go through with your child,” said Jordan Hubbard, a local resident.

Hubbard supports the cause to help alleviate the pressure parents feel.

“I know how traumatizing it can be for the parents to experience that with their child. Having to wake up everyday thinking will my child live to see another day or another week,” Hubbard said.

The Great Cycle Challenge was established in 2015 and it helps connect the riders to children who are fighting cancer. Hanson says throughout this process she received messages from some of the children she’s supporting.

" We get updates on the children, this morning I got an update on Myla up here in the corner. She’s doing a lot better, her hair is back, she loves to dance. She was wearing her little ballerina outfit holding a sign saying ``thank you riders for your help,” Hanson said.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Hanson says she wants the community to get involved in the challenge. You can find information on how to donate or join the challenge here.

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