A Small Ride to Defeat Melanoma with Team Barbie

$9,041.20

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

Paul Borth
Paul Borth

Great ride for a super cause! · 2 weeks ago

$250.00
Dolores & Gene Hines
Dolores & Gene Hines

2 months ago

$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 · 3 months ago

$100.00
Jeff Mason
Jeff Mason

Well done my friend! · 3 months ago

$144.00
Barb Walton
Barb Walton

Awesome trip Brad I’m sure Barbie is watching over you. · 3 months ago

$50.00
Nu Attitude Salon
Nu Attitude Salon

3 months ago

$50.00
Rosie Browne
Rosie Browne

This is what love looks like. You are an inspiration! · 3 months ago

$50.00
Lawrence Horwich
Lawrence Horwich

As this disease has affected my family, I couldn’t be more supportive of your efforts. Go Brad!!! · 4 months ago

$100.00
Susan Ritter
Susan Ritter

Thank you Mara Darrow for helping with this and sharing it on Facebook · 4 months ago

$50.00
Alanna Swanson
Alanna Swanson

In memory of my son, Jeff, who lost his battle with melanoma 5 years ago, age 30. · 4 months ago

$50.00
Sheila McNeil
Sheila McNeil

Such a great cause! · 4 months ago

$150.00
Scott Kreyer
Scott Kreyer

I commend you Brad, truly amazing! · 4 months ago

$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. · 4 months ago

$100.00
Roger Ellis
Roger Ellis

Ride strong. Eat lots. Stay alert. Honor Barb! · 4 months ago

$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) · 4 months ago

$523.12
Nick Schweitzer
Nick Schweitzer

Keep it up Brad! · 5 months ago

$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. · 5 months ago

$100.00
Steven Bacovsky
Steven Bacovsky

5 months ago

$25.00
Antara Chandran
Antara Chandran

From Antara · 6 months ago

$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. · 6 months ago

$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! · 6 months ago

$444.00
Michael Smiley
Michael Smiley

Very impressive. I'm sure it'll be an amazing journey. Stay safe out on the road. · 6 months ago

$200.00
Bill Heilbronner
Bill Heilbronner

6 months ago

$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) · 7 months ago

$600.00
Teri Conevera
Teri Conevera

Have a safe journey. Go Team Barbie! · 8 months ago

$20.00
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! · 2 months ago

$50.00
Michael Eilert
Michael Eilert

To remember Lisa's sister. · 2 months ago

$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 · 3 months ago

$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. · 3 months ago

$244.44
Mark & Jean Rein
Mark & Jean Rein

What an incredible journey to make in honor of your sister. · 3 months ago

$200.00
CARMEN BRODNAX
CARMEN BRODNAX

Keep it up Brad! Safe travels! · 3 months ago

$40.00
Gautam Kasturi
Gautam Kasturi

You are amazing Brad! · 3 months ago

$100.00
Dennis Greenwood
Dennis Greenwood

Thinking of you often Brad. You go guy. · 4 months ago

$100.00
Julie Schilz
Julie Schilz

So inspirational! Best of luck on your journey Brad! · 4 months ago

$35.00
Nichole Eggerling
Nichole Eggerling

Safe travels on this journey! · 4 months ago

$20.00
Tim Ohnmacht
Tim Ohnmacht

You’re an inspiration - keep it up! · 4 months ago

$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! · 4 months ago

$444.44
Jim Halverson
Jim Halverson

Way to go Brad! · 4 months ago

$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! · 4 months ago

$50.00
Ann Harrington
Ann Harrington

Incredible what you are doing Brad! · 4 months ago

$44.44
Rhonda Wilson
Rhonda Wilson

Withing you a great adventure full of amazing experiences! · 5 months ago

$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. · 5 months ago

$300.00
Linda Fulkerson
Linda Fulkerson

Go Brad, our prayers are with you every mile. · 5 months ago

$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. · 6 months ago

$444.00
Lisa Keen
Lisa Keen

Enjoy your ride Bro! · 6 months ago

$200.00
Talia Avci
Talia Avci

Good luck with the ride, Brad! Such an awesome thing you're doing. · 6 months ago

$100.00
Ron Schmeling
Ron Schmeling

Be safe and enjoy! · 6 months ago

$50.00
Robin Cochran
Robin Cochran

I am amazed at your ability to ride so far! Barbie was too. · 6 months ago

$200.00
First Bank Financial Centre
First Bank Financial Centre

7 months ago

$100.00
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