astside resident Jeanette Woldseth put out fires in Bellevue for 28 years. Now she’s fighting to extinguish the scariest fire of her life - cancer. In 2010, a few years after retiring, Jeanette found out she had breast cancer. Two years after finishing treatment the cancer came back. This time it was stage IV metastatic breast cancer. Doctors told her there was no cure. Yet.
“I went on the Internet, looking for a better answer, and that’s where I found out about Obliteride,” said the Kirkland resident. “At first I thought I would volunteer for the bike ride that benefits Fred Hutch. I figured I could raise a few hundred bucks.”
Instead, the 61-year-old went way out of her comfort zone and committed to riding 25 miles. “I had to go out and buy a bike! It’s a hybrid. It’s not the lightest bike but I rode it and I trained. Asking for donations was outside my comfort zone too, but not anymore!” Jeanette raised nearly $13,000 for Obliteride. 100% of all donations go directly to cancer research at Fred Hutch in Seattle.
Jeannette is a true fighter. She’s still going through treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and she’s already signed up to ride 50 miles in Obliteride this August. “We’re thrilled the former fire captain is now one of our team captains,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Many of our riders are not cyclists but their deep commitment to fighting cancer is all the motivation they need to get on a bike!”
“I need Fred Hutch to cure cancer in my lifetime,” says Jeanette. “We haven't yet found a cure. And the clock is ticking. Finding a cure takes money. A lot of money. That’s why we need to help Obliteride grow, so sign up to ride and ask your friends to ride.”
Obliteride is more than just a bike ride. It’s an epic weekend with fun parties and delicious food, including a Tom Douglas salmon dinner at the rider kickoff party at Gas Works Park on Seattle’s Lake Union.
August 9, 2015
Routes range from beginner to advanced
Register to ride or volunteer. Obliteride.org
It’s time to end cancer.
It’s time to Obliteride.