I am a survivor and surgical oncologist, and I will be riding in Pelotonia for the 10th year, although I have participated in every one (I volunteered the first year). This year, and every year, I am dedicating my ride to all of my friends and family with cancer. In particular, I want to celebrate the memory of Janeen Mahajan and Desmond Clarke. Janeen died after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was one of the most generous people I knew and lived with her disease with grace until she could no longer stay with us. Desmond died of acute T cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) on 9/17/16, less than a month after being diagnosed. I have never seen anything so rapidly fatal with my own eyes and I never want to see it again. Of course there are many others I ride for as well, including my patients, and even myself as a thyroid cancer survivor. I appreciate the support and encouragement of so many family and friends, cheering me on when I doubt myself-Cynthia Agnese, Debra Calle, Cassandra Zarina Calle, Zack Calle, Maximo Calle, Judith Bowers, Dawn Allain, Leigha Senter, Rachel Dultz, Maria and Paul Mahajan, Nancy George, and Terry Bradley, to name just a few. For those of you have already supported me, past and present, thank you. For those of you who have not, please consider donating to my ride. Every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research at The James Cancer Hospital. If you can't donate, to me, of if you want to do more, consider volunteering, cheering me on, or even becoming a virtual rider. I hope that my example will inspire people to ride, virtually ride, volunteer or donate to this amazing cause. Together, we can create a cancer free world.