Local group holds bike ride to help fight cancer

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

“They helped with my out-of-pocket medical expenses, what my insurance didn’t cover,” she said. “It helped immensely.”

The ride, Clarke said, touched her deeply and gave her strength.

“It was overwhelming, they just all made me feel like they were behind me,” she said.

Today Clarke is in remission. After six rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and 6 weeks of radiation which led to other complications and a lattissimus-dorsi procedure to move back muscles to her front, doctors said she was in remission in December 2013. Now, Clarke attends the rides even if she isn’t well enough to ride. At last year’s event, she biked eight miles, something she said made her proud.

If she’s not riding, she’s taking photos and cheering on the cyclists.

This year she said she’s “going to give it my best shot,” and ride as far as she can.

Clarke encourages all women to get their yearly exams and to perform routine self-exams, which is how she found her cancer.



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