Team I Hate Cancer
And they raised over $3,000.
Fifteen years later, Team I Hate Cancer, an international cycling organization, has raised and donated almost $500,000 to local and national organizations supporting the cancer community.
“We focus on places that make an immediate impact – like 200 sessions of mental health treatment for families impacted by cancer or infertility treatments for cancer impacted couples instead of $10 to a multi-million dollar research program,” explains Mike Walsh, Team I Hate Cancer co-founder.
“This unwavering hate towards cancer — the thing that cheats us out of all that life has to offer — is what keeps us pushing and pedaling forward towards our mission to Hate for Good”
How to “Hate For Good”
Each rider of the cancer-hating, leg-shaving, mile-chasing team has its own cancer story: a son, grandfather, or a college roommate.
And, it’s what keeps them steadfast in their pursuit to leave an impact and their hate for cancer.
‘This unwavering hate towards cancer — the thing that cheats us out of all that life has to offer — is what keeps us pushing and pedaling forward towards our mission to Hate for Good,’ the team writes on their website.
“It kind of made me smile when we were joking around about it. It strikes some cord inside that you can recognize something is bad, but you can make it good, which is really refreshing after this year ,” shares Mike.
How can we hate cancer…more?
“It was kind of an ‘aha-ha you’ll never do this moment’ when thinking about what we could do next. But then, a few weeks later, the group had Google street viewed the entire route to make sure it was safe. And it was the kind of route, all 600 miles, that was absurdly good,” recounts Mike.
In 2019, Team I Hate Cancer embarked on the Lobster Roll: 6 days, five riders, and 625 miles from Philadelphia to Maine to raise $50,000.
Another challenging ride is coming, but I haven’t released it yet. We know for sure it will have hundreds of miles to chase, dirt roads to navigate, and a lot of hating cancer, for good.