You’re going to see thousands of bicyclists riding through the streets of Columbus as Pelotonia begins this weekend.
Money raised goes to life-saving cancer research. Through the last nine years, they’ve raised more than $157 million dollars.
Joe Apgar will be riding in the event for the eighth year. It’s a big deal for him because not only is it Pelotonia’s 10th anniversary, but 10 years ago, Joe was told he had cancer
“I was 21 years old. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It’s devastating, you know, in the moment you sort of think is this it? Is this going to be the end? How do I tell my parents? How do I tell my friends?” said Apgar.
He says you just take it one day at a time and you get through it. Joining Pelotonia gave him a chance to reflect on everything that’s happened in his life.
“It really just became a celebration of life to me every year for one weekend I was able to be surrounded by thousands and thousands of people that cared about the same things that I did,” said Apgar.
He now actually works for Pelotonia and runs the Momentum Fund which is where they fund a lot of their new ventures.
“It’s one of the most amazing places to work to really feel like you’re making an impact on peoples lives is really special,” says Apgar.
Apgar says Pelotonia funds research, which is a big part of why people are living longer and longer with a cancer diagnosis.
This ride is very personal to every single person for a different reason which makes it so special.
Apgar proudly says, “I’m cancer free. It’s amazing. Ten years seems like a long time ago, but this will be really special. My 10-year cancerversary is what we use and it’s just really special.”
“Getting a cancer diagnosis is a very helpless feeling and being able to do something and take some action is really important and that’s really what the Pelotonia community is about,” said Apgar.
Joe’s sister will be cheering him on, she’s actually 25 years cancer free and will be volunteering near the finish line. His parents will be there as well to cheer him on this weekend along with his wife! And with thousands of people that are in the ride that he calls friends because they are all connected through Pelatonia.