Monthly Archives: March 2014

Miles and Miracles!

Joshua Johnson reflects on the past year and how sharing his story and riding in POHR kept hope alive after his battle with cancer. (And he shares some exciting news!)

 

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IMG_0116Joshua Johnson’s life has been one of many miles and miracles. In 2009, Joshua was diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer that had him going through two surgeries, many chemotherapies, nearly life-ending complications and all this while living miles from home at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Cleveland.   Miraculously recovering in 2011, Joshua and his wife, Ali, embarked upon their first 328-mile journey of the Pan Ohio Hope Ride. After seeing the ride at the Kick-Off Dinner in 2011, Joshua was determined to ride in the event and he did in 2012 and again in 2013.

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At the Kick-Off Dinner in 2013, Joshua and Ali, were the featured speakers as they shared their cancer story with their fellow riders and Hope Lodge guests.   Ali and Joshua were both inspiring and inspired. Joshua, despite a sore knee, pedaled on throughout the four days and always with the thought “I ride for those who can’t.”As Joshua said, “My life is purpose driven”and as the result of his treatments Joshua had to accept that he would never become a father.   Choosing to focus on the good things in his life, Joshua says that his miles and trials have “forced me to see more clearly, strengthen my faith and count my blessings”. Pedaling all those miles helped Joshua to see joy, feel hope and it also brought sharper focus to his desire to help others strengthen their hope.

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Joshua will ride again in 2014 and he looks forward to this year’s ride with more hope, energy, optimism and the joy of knowing that miracles can and do happen.   Against all medical and mathematical odds, Joshua and Ali are expecting a “miracle” baby boy.   The joy of finishing the ride was eclipsed by the amazing news!   Ali found out she was pregnant just weeks after the 2013 ride and Joshua and Ali were overwhelmed with the miracle of such a blessing.   As Joshua prepares to ride in 2014, those miles will mean even more as he pedals for “those that can’t,” he will also be riding toward a future – a future that means not only more birthdays for him, but also the joy of sharing with Ali another “miracle” birthday – the birth of their first son.

I ride for those who can’t.

Joshua Johnson (and Ali and Jericho)

Psalms 18:16

Your Dollars At Work

Thanks in part to the support of our Pan Ohio Hope Ride participants and donors, the American Cancer Society is leading the way in the fight to end cancer: from discovering lifesaving cancer breakthroughs to helping people with cancer today get the help, support, and resources they need to get well. Each year, we help cancer patients everywhere get the help that they need.

Did you know? US Cancer Death Rates have declined 20% since 1990, saving 1.2 million lives.

Did you know?
Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has awarded more than $3.9 Billion in research grants, helping to develop drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, helping to confirm that cigarette smoking and obesity are both linked to cancer, and helping to show that mammography is the most effective way to find early breast cancer.

Did you know? A donation of just $50 helps to provide seven rides to and from treatment. A donation of $100 helps guide two women facing cancer through every step of their journey.

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!
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Lodging & Transportation system to go live – April 2

The Lodging and Transportation Reservation system will go live on WEDNESDAY, April 2 at 9 AM. At this time riders will be able to indicate your lodging preference, bus/bike transportation needs, dietary restrictions, and other important information on your Pan Ohio Hope Ride experience. If you are staying in the dorms the payment will be taken at this time too.

On Wednesday, April 2 at 9 AM you will receive an email with a link to the reservation system. The link will also be simultaneously live on the Lodging Page as well as on Facebook.

NOTE: *Air Conditioned dorm rooms will be on a first-come first-serve basis and if you are requesting a roommate BOTH must reserve an air-conditioned room.

**ALL riders are required to fill out the Lodging & Transportation Reservation Form regardless of whether you are camping, staying in hotels, or are riding for 2 or all 4 days.

Lodging Options include:
Dorms
– $30 per night
Camping – Free (Camping not available at Case – please sign up for dorm if staying that evening)
Hotels – Rider’s Expense

HOTEL INFORMATION:
If a rider elects to stay in a hotel during the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, you can find information and begin booking now with our partner hotels on the Lodging and Transportation Page. Hotels are at riders’ expense and making your reservations as early as possible is recommended. *Daily shuttles will be running back and forth to partner hotels.

Other details:
Bus/Bike transportation TO CLEVELAND AND BACK FROM CINCINNATI will be available from:
Columbus (Otterbein Univ.)
Cincinnati
(Yeatman’s Cove) – Wednesday Only
Springfield (Wittenberg University)
Toledo (American Cancer Society Perrysburg Office)
Cleveland (Transport back to START LINE) – Sunday Only

Bus/Bike Transportation will pick-up Wed. July 23 and return on Sun. July 27. You will be able to reserve your spot for ANY of these locations on the registration form this year. More information to come on times/exact locations of pick-up.

If you have any questions about the Pan Ohio Hope Ride contact us at panohioinfo@cancer.org or 888.227.6446 ext. 1222.

Show us YOUR 328 Contest

Help us celebrate POHR Day 3.28 (March 28th) by joining us in the “Show us YOUR 328” campaign. From now until Friday, March 28  show us your POHR/328 pride in a unique way.  Utilize your 328 sticker in your Welcome Packet or create a “328” and show us how you use 328 in a fundraising effort and/or your display of #328POHRDAY pride!

PRIZE: The winning “328” picture will receive an anonymous donation of $328 to their individual or team fundraising campaign!!  Enter and win to be one step closer to eligibility for 2014 Incentives – including the Grand Prize – a European VBT Trip.

HOW: Submit your 328 pictures on our Facebook Page with the hashtag – #328POHRDAY or send them to panohioinfo@cancer.org Our Volunteer Leadership Team will select the top 5 for a final vote on our POHR page the week of March 31!

Download the 328 IMAGE HERE

Visit our POHR Facebook Page – Follow us on Facebook

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If you have any questions about the Pan Ohio Hope Ride contact us at panohioinfo@cancer.org or 888.227.6446 ext. 1222.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women, and is expected to cause about 50,310 deaths during 2014. However, routine testing starting at age 50 can actually prevent many cases of colon cancer, or find it at an early stage. But because many people are not getting tested, only about 4 out of 10 are diagnosed at this early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful.

This infographic focuses on the benefits of getting tested, identifying the people at greatest risk for developing colon cancer, and the steps you can take to detect colon cancer early or even prevent it altogether.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month