10 Century Challenge 2016

Quick Update!!
Sep 08, 2016 by Dan Rooker

Hello friends....well I am coming out of a brief summer retirement to ride again and finish the 10 Century Challenge this fall!  I have made it through 7 centuries to date, my last one being the "Velo4Yellow" right here in Wake County on July 16.  The heat was a major issue and I only made it 86 miles - but we're counting it!!  I have my eyes on 2 rides coming up, one in Greensboro and one down at the beach - I like rides east of here because the land gets flatter!!  I'm updating today because I saw this heartbreaking video.  Why watch something like this?  Because it hits me so hard and injects me with determination to do all I can to eradicate this horrible disease that devastates children and their families.  Please join me.  

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/moms-heartbreaking-reason-back-school-photo/story?id=41919865

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Halfway Home!!
May 28, 2016 by Dan Rooker

Greetings friends & family, I’m overdue for an update on my quest to complete 10 Centuries.  5 down, 5 to go!!!  Since my first ride at the “After the Bridge Run Ride” in Charleston SC, I’ve completed 5 100-mile rides in a space of 7 weeks, one every other weekend.  I’ve had to make one adjustment to my schedule – I did not ride in the 2nd day of the Tour de Cure on May 17th, as I had to attend the funeral of a friend that day – so I created a “Capital Area Greenway Century” and rode 106 miles last Sunday (May 24th) to make up for the miss on May 17th.

 

The riding has been pretty good, and I’ve only had to deal with one thunderstorm, three weeks ago during the Raven Rock Ramble.  I’ve avoided any significant injuries, and I have to say that as I have completed more rides, they have become a little easier, though I always seem to struggle through the final 10-15 miles.

           

Fund raising is going well and I am VERY thankful for all of you who have made a donation to the cause of curing blood cancers!  A great deal of progress has been made in the development of treatments, but it is still the case that one-third of patients diagnosed with a blood cancer do not live beyond 5 years.

 

There are two people close to me currently fighting – my Dad’s very close friend Walt, battling multiple myeloma, just received a transplant of his own stem cells, and a good friend of mine has a son named Brandon who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia several months ago – he is being treated with the drug Gleevec, a miracle drug that was developed in part with funding from LLS.

 

Next Sunday, June 5, I’ll ride in the Fletcher Flyer out in the Asheville area., which will be my 6th ride.

 

Ride #7 will be the Velo4Yellow ride on July 16th, out of Wake Forest.

 

As you can see, I am working very hard for a cure!  Please consider making a donation, every dollar goes to help saving lives!!  Thank you again for your support!!

 
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2 Rides in the Books
Apr 17, 2016 by Dan Rooker

Dear friends - it's Sunday morning and I am really sore (again)....yesterday I completed my 2nd 100 mile "Century" bike ride in 2 weeks.  My inaugural ride was the "After the Bridge Run Ride" in Charleston - actually northeast of Charleston in the Francis Marion Natinoal Forest.  That was a great ride, very flat with excellent weather.  I posted a personal best time, though I try not to focus too much on speed, other than to "pace myself".  

Anyway, with some fortunate drafting I was able to finish in about 5 and a half hours.  After a week in California with Renee, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, I participated in the "Tarwheel Century" ride yasterday in Elizabeth City, NC - about 3 hours from Raleigh.  Another very flat ride (I like these rides out in coastal Carolina!), but we got a very windy day, with 20-25 mph winds kicking in around 10:30 am.  That made it a tough slog, but we persevered to the finish.  I was thinking of all the people who are fighting cancer as I was riding into the wind and remembering Jim Valvano's iconic words - "Never give up, don't ever give up".... 

Next up is the "Raven Rock Ramble" on May 1, two weeks from today.  So, we're off and running!!  Fund raising is going well too; please consider a donation any time; there's no rush as I will be working to complete this challenge into the fall.  For those of you who have given, THANK YOU very much!  Your donations save lives!!! 

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I Will Ride 500 Miles, and I will Ride 500 More!!
Jan 26, 2016

Welcome to my 2016 fundraising page!  Today I am thrilled to announce that as my endurance “event” for 2016, I will complete no less than ten 100-mile “Century” bike rides.  My objectives continue to be:

 

  • To inspire other cancer patients and survivors to challenge themselves to accomplish great things, possibly even greater things than they did before cancer
  • To leverage this incredible miracle that I’ve been given – a cure from Richter’s transformation , leukemia and lymphoma – for all the good I can
  • To creatively plan events that push me to higher levels of fitness and new experiences and achievements
  • In so doing, inspire others to contribute to the cause of curing blood cancers, especially in children.

 

 

There are many really exciting therapies in trial now, therapies that are not chemo-centric, nor transplant-centric, but that have demonstrated “cure-like” results.  Here is a link to one such story:  https://youtu.be/__PUhj8thr0

This will be a nearly year-long quest.  I have already begun training, with 50-mile rides each of the last two weekends.  I will work my way up to 75 or 80 mile training rides over the next couple of months, then do a practice century sometime in mid March.  The first official ride will be April 3rd in Charleston SC.  I have chosen 9 rides so far and registered for the first 3.  Here is the schedule thus far:

 

April 3                        After the Bridge Run Ride                  Charleston SC

April 14                      Tarwheel Century                                Elizabeth City, NC

May 1                         Raven Rock Ramble                          Raleigh, NC

May 14                       Day 1 – Tour de Cure                         Raleigh, NC

May 15                       Day 2 – Tour de Cure                          Sanford, NC

June 5                        Fletcher Flyer                                     Fletcher, NC

July 16                        Velo 4 Yellow                                      Wake Forest, NC

Oct 2 (TBC)                Bike MS NYC                                      NYC, NY

Oct 22                         Carolina Century                                 Greensboro, NC                    

 

Today my website is open for donations, but in light of the unique event that I have planned, feel free to consider a unique way to give – as an example, you might consider making one donation per Century (I know this creates additional busy work but c’mon it’ll be fun!).  Of course any gift at any time is heartfelt and deeply appreciated. 

I am very fortunate to have a great friend, Rob Allan, who loves to ride and said “I’m in!!” when I told him about this quest.  So for most of these rides, I will have a riding partner to plan and participate with.  I appreciate all your prayers and positive thoughts concerning this pursuit – I will need some divine grace to have my body hold up through this punishment.  Until my next update - Love to all.  Dan

 

 

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Supporter Comments

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    "We are happy to be in the cheering section again! We will pray for an awesome outcome, safety, freedom from aching muscles, unwavering enthusiasm and ten trouble free rides! From your Uncle Phil & Aunt Nancy"
     

    Nancy Rooker

    Sat Jan 30 05:37:37 EST 2016

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    "Go Dan Go!"
     

    william palmer

    Sat Jan 30 05:50:13 EST 2016

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    "No explanation needed Dan. You continue to have our full support. Bob and Lynda"
     

    Bob & Lynda Stuart

    Fri Feb 05 09:02:21 EST 2016

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    "way to go Dan!"
     

    frank crnic

    Fri Feb 05 09:14:29 EST 2016

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    "Enjoy the ride(s).....so excited for you. "
     

    Donnie Haye

    Fri Feb 05 09:53:36 EST 2016

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    "Knowing that you will finish at least 5 races, here is the $50 each for them! "
     

    Laure Rooker McKenna

    Fri Feb 05 10:16:31 EST 2016

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    "Keep up the charge, Dan and know we have some great centuries in and around BOCO if you want to do one at altitude - we would love to host you and the family, cheer for you in person and pace you for someone all of these lies!"
     

    Jill Roberts

    Fri Feb 05 05:07:24 EST 2016

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    "Hope you can find a Century ride in Baltimore. Becky"
     

    Rebecca Ferrell

    Wed Feb 17 10:31:20 EST 2016

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    "Ride Dan ride:)"
     

    Carmen Rarden

    Wed Mar 02 03:51:42 EST 2016

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    "Go Dan!!!"
     

    leah coleman

    Thu Mar 03 12:06:57 EST 2016

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    "in honor of Dan Rooker who is an inspiration"
     

    Carol Broadwell

    Thu Mar 03 04:12:40 EST 2016

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    "Have a great event, Dan, and my prayers are with you! "
     

    Matt Duffy

    Sun Mar 27 11:00:00 EDT 2016

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    "Stay calm and Pedal on!"
     

    Gary & Jean

    Sun Mar 27 01:28:11 EDT 2016

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    "Good luck Dan."
     

    John Paterson

    Sun Apr 10 07:35:39 EDT 2016

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    "Dan, This is a way to help you celebrate your new job! I hope this finds you doing well. "
     

    Derk de Groot

    Sat Apr 16 02:43:05 EDT 2016

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    "Dan, you are simply AMAZING! Thank you for bringing awareness to this disease and helping to raise money to stomp it out once and for all! I am dedicating this donation to you and to my aunt who passed away two weeks ago from Leukemia. GO DAN!!"
     

    Cheri Morreale

    Sun Apr 17 05:41:29 EDT 2016

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    "Great accomplishments! "
     

    Sheri Baird

    Sun Apr 17 08:38:00 EDT 2016

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    "Keep pedaling Dan! "
     

    David Kroeber

    Sat Apr 30 06:20:09 EDT 2016

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    "Very proud of your Dan! 5 down 5 to go. Here is my second half. $50 for each ride was the pledge! Love you! "
     

    Anonymous

    Sat May 28 10:38:56 EDT 2016

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    "Because of your dedication Dan, we continue to support you."
     

    Kent Hayward

    Sat May 28 09:08:19 EDT 2016

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    "Good luck Dan! "
     

    Greg Keller

    Sun May 29 08:41:58 EDT 2016

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    "Dan, so glad to hear that the rides are going well. Keep up the good work. Becky "
     

    Rebecca Ferrell

    Tue Jul 19 12:53:37 EDT 2016

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    "Dan, I'm glad your doing well. Your always in my prayers. Keep up the great effort for cancer. I'm hiking the JMT again with SYMG next month. With fond memories of our wonderful walk in the High Sierra. Ron"
     

    Ron Maier

    Sat Jul 23 08:54:14 EDT 2016

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    "Dan, your courage and strength to undertake this difficult challenge is really awesome! Keep cycling and one day a cure will be found. "
     

    A Catalano

    Mon Nov 07 09:31:55 EST 2016

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    "Dan, we are so impressed by your commitment to helping others."
     

    Jim Ledbetter

    Mon May 23 09:56:11 EDT 2016

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    "GOOD LUCK, DAN!!! DAVE AND BETTY GILLHAM"
     

    David Gillham

    Mon Mar 28 05:20:46 EDT 2016

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    "Ride on, Brother. "
     

    MIchael

    Mon Mar 28 01:57:03 EDT 2016

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    "Ride like the wind, Dan! Thrilled to be able to support you! With love from your biggest fans in NYC - Allie, Harris, Amelia and Caroline xo"
     

    Allison Rogovin & Family

    Mon Mar 28 11:59:30 EDT 2016

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    "Admire your courage, determination and strength. Always love you. Vaun & Bob"
     

    Vaun Moore

    Tue Mar 22 10:38:12 EDT 2016

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    "Go Dan- you inspire us all. "Ride, ride like the wind.....!!! xo, julie and doug"
     

    Anonymous

    Tue Feb 09 09:52:08 EST 2016

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    "You are so inspiring!"
     

    Laurie Williams

    Sun Jun 26 09:14:12 EDT 2016

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    "Your dedication to this cause is admirable!"
     

    Bob Moore

    Sun May 29 05:32:42 EDT 2016

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    "Keep going, Dan! Halfway there! Kathy E."
     

    Katherine Eason

    Tue May 31 12:16:15 EDT 2016

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $9,650.00 | Goal: $25,000.00
 
39 %

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My Thanks To

Jim Skinner $250.00
Ron Maier $100.00
Kent Hayward $50.00
A Catalano  
Eli Lilly & Co  
Rebecca Ferrell  
Laurie Williams  
Katherine Eason  
Barbara Reed  
Bob Moore  
Vaun Moore  
Greg Keller  
Jim Ledbetter  
Mark and Jill DiCicco  
David Kroeber  
Eddy  
Sheri Baird  
Cheri Morreale  
Derk de Groot  
John Paterson  
Bob Murphy  
Barbara Reed  
Michael Meaden  
David Gillham  
MIchael  
Allison Rogovin & Family  
Kathleen Fuller  
Frances o  
Gary & Jean  
Matt Duffy  
Vaun Moore  
Susan & Bill Fonville  
Carol Broadwell  
leah coleman  
Carmen Rarden  
Rebecca Ferrell  
Jill Roberts  
Laure Rooker McKenna  
Donnie Haye  
frank crnic  
Bob & Lynda Stuart  
william palmer  
Nancy Rooker