Susan K. Williams is an inspiring two-time cancer survivor with the determination to encourage others who continue their battle with this disease. In 1996, Williams was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, nine years later she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Today she is cancer free and eager to fight for other family members and friends who haven’t survived their cancer journeys.
Williams and her husband ride with Team Spokes of Hope led by captain Cindi Hart of Indianapolis, Indiana. Williams discovered the team through Cyclists Combating Cancer (CCC) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. She describes the team culture as a caring group of diverse riders that include cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and regular people who have a desire to help. Williams has participated in 24 Foundation Indianapolis for four years with her husband, daughter and son-in-law by her side.
As for fundraising, Susan reaches out to her small network and makes the donation process seamless for them by sending a fundraising letter with a copy of a donation form including a link to her personal page in participant center and a self addressed envelope. Williams suggests sending a fundraising letter to every contact in your address book to ramp up your fundraising and reach your goal. She also suggests that first time riders ride as many miles as they want to or are able to. Personally, her goal is to surpass her record of 174 miles and reach 200 miles this year out on the Booty Loop. Most importantly, Williams says first time riders should enjoy the fellowship with other cyclists, neighborhood residents and event watchers.
“Talk about why you ride,” Williams said. “Remember those that weren’t able to finish their cancer journey, celebrate survivors and support those traveling down the cancer road.”
Through the 24 Foundation event, Williams has met various Spokes of Hope members from other parts of the U.S. and visited with other cyclists while riding in other events, which has caused her to push herself on her own bike.
To join Susan at 24 Foundation Indianapolis, register here.