Michael Hebert - A retired financial controller in the mining Industry, who returned to school to study chaplaincy and now serves the community as a Chaplain in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices. As a Chaplain, he has encountered and ministered to many people who struggle with the dreadful disease of cancer. Michael said, “For me personally, what drives me is that I have lost one of my best mates, Ian Young, to cancer. Ian had a passion for people and biking. And now currently two of my close friends are fighting this horrific disease.” Michael has a passion to help support those how who are fighting cancer and is looking forward to riding the Paceline 100 miler. Michael has participated in several long-distance bike rides with the most recent being a 7-day ride across North Carolina in October 2018, completing 473 miles.
Ken Sherman – team captain. A semi-retired educator, Ken was passionate about cycling in his youth and returned to it in his 40s while Principal of Clarke Middle School, creating and building an iconic double-century ride from Athens to Savannah and organizing rides for numerous charitable causes. For the past six years, and especially over the last two years, he has continued cycling while fighting leukemia, including chemotherapy and surgery. By staying reasonably healthy through cycling and other exercise, Ken was able to postpone invasive treatment for at least five years, which provided significant gains in research and medicine. Now finished with treatment, he is happy to be returning to full form.
Mark Ralston – A father of three, Mark is public relations manager for St. Mary' s Health Care System and President of Firefly Trail, Inc. Mark was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2017 and underwent brachytherapy a few months later. Learning about the disease and selecting a treatment option was overwhelming; he is deeply indebted to the many survivors who shared their experiences, to the researchers whose work has led to a range of excellent treatment options (and is leading to even better ones), and to the medical professionals who provided him with such excellent care. A recumbent rider, he completed the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia just 10 weeks after radioactive "seeds" were implanted in his prostate gland, and is looking forward to his first post-cancer century.
We're biking to beat cancer. Bicycling has been a lifeline through our cancer journeys as we face it ourselves or help others who have been diagnosed. It made us strong before our diagnoses. It sustained us through treatment. Along with love of family, it gave us a reason to work harder, persevere longer, dream bigger. Most importantly, it connected us with friends, uniting us with people who care about us and are rooting for us.
Now, we want to give back. We are riding in the Paceline Century May 11 to raise funds for lifesaving cancer research and patient services at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta. Not everyone can do a 100-mile bike ride, especially not everyone who has battled cancer. We are blessed. We want to share that blessing. Please join us!