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Husband Takes On Nationwide 3,000-Mile Bicycle Race For BCRF

By BCRF | June 13, 2016

Ray Brown will attempt to cycle across the nation in 12 days to honor his wife, a breast cancer survivor

When Ray Brown’s wife Tammy was diagnosed with breast cancer last October he immediately wanted to do something to advance breast cancer research. An avid endurance cyclist, he decided to participate in the epic Race Across America (RAAM) – a 3,065-mile, 12-day race spanning from California to Maryland to support BCRF.

“Tammy is pretty independent, stubborn and strong willed, so I said to myself, what can I do to help? And it hit me: raise some money so we can kick this nasty big C,” he said describing why he decided to participate.

“BCRF was the only choice since darn near every dollar goes to research.”

This isn’t the first time the 58-year-old retired business executive took on a challenge for BCRF. In January he prepared for his upcoming RAAM race by biking 1,000 miles on Zwift, a virtual software training tool, and raised nearly $3,000 for BCRF.

Beginning June 14, he will be accompanied by a crew of seven, including his wife, as he tackles this nationwide journey solo. It’s a challenge few have achieved. The route is usually done by relay teams who take turns cycling each leg of the race.

“The failure rate is an astronomical – 72 percent – but I have ridden 50,000 miles in preparation,” he said.

Still, Brown is determined to finish the incredible feat. He has even sponsored 52 time stations that will “go pink” throughout the race, distributing BCRF brochures, bracelets and ribbons. He hopes his efforts will encourage others to get their annual mammograms, speak with their doctors if they experience any changes in their breasts and understand the power of research.

“My wife has since had a successful surgery and radiation treatments and we are optimistic she is cancer-free,” he said. “Others aren’t so fortunate.”

Support Ray and his efforts to #BeTheEnd of breast cancer. Donate to his ride today! Every dollar counts.