A Small Ride to Defeat Melanoma with Team Barbie

$8,791.20

Raised

$44,444.00

Goal

The Ride and the Cause

The ride is in memory of my sister Barb who was promoted to heaven on May 17, 2018, after a 6.5-year battle with melanoma. It is also in honor of my sister-in-law Monica Pollen who continues the battle against melanoma and breast cancer. Barb & I planned the ride and she bought the bike I will be using for the ride.

The ride is epic but, so little compared to fighting melanoma and other cancers. The fight against cancer is physically, emotionally and spiritually draining. Even the diagnosis of cancer can rock your world. Seeing the battle up close and personal is absolutely brutal.


The Goal $44,444

My sister’s favorite number was 4 because she was born on 4/4.  In fact, she turned 44 on 4/4/4 which is the source of the goal.

My sister Barb was one tough cookie. Sweet and wonderful on the outside but strong and tenacious on the inside. It is a surprising combination both in a cookie and a person. Just like baking a cookie, her cancer was like refining fire, like gold being refined, all that does not matter was burned off and only the pure brightness of gold or in her case the inner being remained. She came out a shining light. She was one tough cookie.

Latest Donations

David Calvert
David Calvert

Hey Brad! Erin and the kids and I met you at Niagara when you were stopping to enjoy the view. Great to meet you, you are some boy for sure!! Best wishes from Dave, Erin and the kids in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Keep on spinning!

$50.00
Michael Eilert
Michael Eilert

To remember Lisa's sister.

$10.00
Kevin Hendrickson
Kevin Hendrickson

Brad - meeting you/riding with you at Casa 2018 ride I was impressed by Team Barbie bike and by you. But now after your inspiring, successful ride I must say I am in awe at your mental, physical, spiritual strengths. I want to donate some more 4’s

$44.44
Jillane Schuette
Jillane Schuette

This is such an awesome thing you are doing Brad. I am sure your sister is watching you from heaven and is smiling as she sees you make this journey.

$244.44
Mark & Jean Rein
Mark & Jean Rein

What an incredible journey to make in honor of your sister.

$200.00
CARMEN BRODNAX
CARMEN BRODNAX

Keep it up Brad! Safe travels!

$40.00
Gautam Kasturi
Gautam Kasturi

You are amazing Brad!

$100.00
Dennis Greenwood
Dennis Greenwood

Thinking of you often Brad. You go guy.

$100.00
Julie Schilz
Julie Schilz

So inspirational! Best of luck on your journey Brad!

$35.00
Nichole Eggerling
Nichole Eggerling

Safe travels on this journey!

$20.00
Tim Ohnmacht
Tim Ohnmacht

You’re an inspiration - keep it up!

$100.00
Ann & Dan Ertel
Ann & Dan Ertel

You are an inspiration to so many Brad just as I know your sister was. We are cheering for you!

$444.44
Jim Halverson
Jim Halverson

Way to go Brad!

$100.00
Julie Starks
Julie Starks

Love following your journey cross country. Donating in honor of my late husband also a victim of melanoma, Paul Eklund, the Paul in our team, Paul's Peeps. God speed in your efforts!

$50.00
Ann Harrington
Ann Harrington

Incredible what you are doing Brad!

$44.44
Rhonda Wilson
Rhonda Wilson

Withing you a great adventure full of amazing experiences!

$100.00
Empower Movement Physical Therapy
Empower Movement Physical Therapy

We are cheering for you Brad! Hope to see you when you stop in WI.

$300.00
Linda Fulkerson
Linda Fulkerson

Go Brad, our prayers are with you every mile.

$144.44
Farmer Bob's Coffee Group
Farmer Bob's Coffee Group

Safe travels. Hope that we will be able to follow you. Barb always talked about your rides. Bob Stigler, Larry Tarnowski, Mellanie Mercier, Bonnie & Dave Mead.

$444.00
Lisa Keen
Lisa Keen

Enjoy your ride Bro!

$200.00
Talia Avci
Talia Avci

Good luck with the ride, Brad! Such an awesome thing you're doing.

$100.00
Ron Schmeling
Ron Schmeling

Be safe and enjoy!

$50.00
Robin Cochran
Robin Cochran

I am amazed at your ability to ride so far! Barbie was too.

$200.00
First Bank Financial Centre
First Bank Financial Centre

$100.00
Dolores & Gene Hines
Dolores & Gene Hines

$44.44
Jim/Sue Cerroni
Jim/Sue Cerroni

Brad, awesome cause and well done...We were praying for you all the way! Sue & Jim Cerroni

$100.00
Jeff Mason
Jeff Mason

Well done my friend!

$144.00
Barb Walton
Barb Walton

Awesome trip Brad I’m sure Barbie is watching over you.

$50.00
Nu Attitude Salon
Nu Attitude Salon

$50.00
Rosie Browne
Rosie Browne

This is what love looks like. You are an inspiration!

$50.00
Lawrence Horwich
Lawrence Horwich

As this disease has affected my family, I couldn’t be more supportive of your efforts. Go Brad!!!

$100.00
Susan Ritter
Susan Ritter

Thank you Mara Darrow for helping with this and sharing it on Facebook

$50.00
Alanna Swanson
Alanna Swanson

In memory of my son, Jeff, who lost his battle with melanoma 5 years ago, age 30.

$50.00
Sheila McNeil
Sheila McNeil

Such a great cause!

$150.00
Scott Kreyer
Scott Kreyer

I commend you Brad, truly amazing!

$100.00
Kathleen Rawlsky
Kathleen Rawlsky

As an avid biker and a sister who lost her brother to melanoma your story touches the hearts of many. Thank you for honoring your sister Barbie and for all those who have lost their battle to melanoma. May your journey be safe and bring you peace.

$100.00
Roger Ellis
Roger Ellis

Ride strong. Eat lots. Stay alert. Honor Barb!

$50.00
Dave Kuykendall
Dave Kuykendall

TEAM BARBIE: So Very inspiring! With admiration & Continued prayers for safety along your Epic Coast to Coast Adventure: Your Fellow Independents & Family's (Tim, Tom & Dave)

$523.12
Nick Schweitzer
Nick Schweitzer

Keep it up Brad!

$100.00
Matt and Karen Johnston
Matt and Karen Johnston

Brad, an epic ride for a great cause! There will be some long days and tough moments, but enjoy the ride and the amazing scenery and people you will encounter along the way. Most of the roads you'll only bike once in a lifetime so savor each day's ride.

$100.00
Steven Bacovsky
Steven Bacovsky

$25.00
Antara Chandran
Antara Chandran

From Antara

$20.00
teresa kaczmarek
teresa kaczmarek

Barbie was the kindest, sweetest person and a great cousin! Miss her so much and admire how well she lived with cancer.

$100.00
Tom Pollen
Tom Pollen

Stay safe on your ride, Bro and hope to meet up with you at some point of your journey!

$444.00
Michael Smiley
Michael Smiley

Very impressive. I'm sure it'll be an amazing journey. Stay safe out on the road.

$200.00
Bill Heilbronner
Bill Heilbronner

$50.00
THE SQUAD
THE SQUAD

Wish we could be there in person. Sending our love & support to Team Barbie! - THE SQUAD (Kim Rich Steven CC Jen Nicole Mike Peter Elisabeth Jordan Kevin Lindsay Megan Alex Madeline Ryan P Luke Ali Pojo Steph, Luke Ryan H Meredith Aaron & Sam)

$600.00
Teri Conevera
Teri Conevera

Have a safe journey. Go Team Barbie!

$20.00
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