Ride, run to help local cancer patients
BY LINDLEY ESTES
Jamie Lindsay of Spotsylvania County wasn’t sure what to do five years ago when he heard that his cancer was in remission.
“They micromanage your life when you have cancer, but then you get your N.E.D. [No Evidence of Disease] and think, ‘What do I do now?’” he said.
For Lindsay, the Livestrong organization became his resource for handling his lingering “What’s next?” questions.
Livestrong, the organization begun by cyclist Lance Armstrong, aims to “find new ways to raise awareness, increase outreach and facilitate collaboration in an effort to improve the cancer experience,” according to the group’s website.
Lindsay described Livestrong’s website as a toolbox for navigating cancer.
“I’m a pilot by trade, so I don’t take off without a flight plan,” he said. “Livestrong gives it for free.”
Because Livestrong helped him, Lindsay thought others in the area could benefit from the organization, too. He started the annual “Spotsy Fights Cancer” Awareness Ride/Run/Walk last year, and the proceeds from this year’s event will go to create a class at Ron Rosner YMCA—in partnership with Livestrong—that will help survivors with the aftermath of the disease.
The 12-week small group program is free to cancer survivors and helps participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability, according to the Livestrong website. Instructors provide help with training, exercise and nutrition, reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing weight change and improving energy levels and self-esteem, the website says.
This year’s event will take place Sept. 28–29. It will include a question-and-answer session with professional cyclist Ben King; bicycle rides with King; a 5K run and a 1K walk. King, a Virginia native, is the 2012 winner of the U.S. National Road Race Championships.
Lindsay said people who are not interested in the athletic events can just come out to talk.
“It’s about the cancer community in the area,” he said. “This county has one of the worse incidents of cancer in the state. One of three in women and one of two men are diagnosed.”
The event occurs just after Lance Armstrong was charged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and stripped of all seven of his Tour de France titles. Lindsay said perhaps the recent news surrounding Lance Armstrong will hurt Livestrong, but it will not affect those who are truly committed to the cause.
“Those truly aware of the mission of Livestrong will double efforts to make sure we’re stronger going forward. I’m sure Lance will. The mission is too important,” Lindsay said.
WANT TO GO?
The “Spotsy Fights Cancer” awareness events include two days of activities. Here’s the schedule:
Sept. 28 at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania
- 6 p.m.–9 p.m.: “An Evening With Ben King.” Cocktails and informal meet-and-greet with cyclist King, followed by question-and-answer session at 7:30. Cost: $50 tax-deduct-ible donation.
- 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.: “Inside the Peloton,” a question-and-answer session with King. Cost: $20 donation.
Sept. 29: at Spotsylvania Village
- 8 a.m.: Century Ride (100 miles, 70 miles, 30 miles)
- 8 a.m.: 5K Run
- 8 a.m.: 1K Walk
Sponsors for the events include Healthy Life Virginia, Infinity Technologies, the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club and other local businesses. To learn more, visit spotsy4livestrong.com.
Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976