Posted by vanessa on November 8, 2017
By Barbara Trencher, CUDPT 2019
I decided to ride on October 7th and raise money for Velocity: Columbia's Ride to End Cancer in the spring, when I first saw the signs around campus. I am not much of a biker -- I spin indoors in a Flywheel studio a few times a week -- but I like physical challenges and as a cancer survivor myself, I often get involved with fundraising for cancer research and support groups. I liked the idea that I could combine two parts of my life, cancer-related causes and CUMC.
My classmates in the Class of 2019 were immediately supportive when I suggested forming a DPT student team. We were really happy to have a few members of the Class of 2020 join us. I think the ride snuck up on us because the compressed fall semester was such a whirlwind. Despite exams, quizzes, group projects, midterms, integrated clinical experiences, etc., our DPT Team did an amazing job with fundraising, raising nearly $24,000. I could not be more proud of our team.
The ride itself was tough! Riding outdoors is really different than riding in a spin studio -- the hills and unseasonably warm weather made the day very challenging. But everyone on our DPT Team accomplished the goals we set out to make, whether it was 62.5 miles or 10 miles. We had a great time at the finish line festival, and I was really honored to speak about my cancer journey at the finish line.
I definitely think we should bring our team back for next year's ride, and hopefully raise even more money. And next year I think I will train a bit more and use a road bike to make the ride a bit less grueling!
|Barbara leading the CUDPT Team at the 62.5 mile start|
DPT II Students (and friends) who rode: Gaylynn Wells, Karlie Gross, Stefenie Li, Leah Wylie's partner Lisa McIntyre, Leah Wylie, Alissa Ladas , Barbara Trencher, Sarah Urke, and Sarah's partner Nick Kosturos. Karlie Gross was there for moral support.