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Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Location: Wilkes University
Time: Registration: 7:15AM
Start for 32 and 64-mile rides: 8:15AM
Start for 10-mile ride: 10:15AM

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32-MILE RIDE

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64-MILE RIDE

Endure 2017 64-mile PNG

Athlete Amenities
Each rider will receive a commemorative ACS Endure T-shirt and a rider bag.  Full-supported rest stops throughout hte course and SAG wagon support.  Riders, friends and family are also welcome to attend the post-ride festival with live music, food and beverage.

Athlete Festival
Our post-ride festival will be taking place from 11am - 2pm on the lawn next to the Eugene Library (directly across South Street from Henry Student Center). Enjoy food and beverage from BBQ3 Smokehouse, Rita's Water Ice and the Wandering Chef Food Truck, while Stoned by Proxy provides live entertainment.   

Registration Fees
The registration fee per rider is a non-refundable $45. This fee does not count toward your fundraising goal. Space is limited Sign Up Today!

Fundraising Commitment
We challenge each participant to set a goal of $250. We have many tools to help you succeed and will be here to support you along the way. 

Fundraising Deadline
Rider can fundraise up until 30 days after the event.  This year's deadline is Sept. 14, 2016.  

Have questions?
Contact us at Megan.Ilnicki@cancer.org or 570-562-9749.

The Story of Endure

When riding down the road of life, how do you deal with the daily bumps in the road?   Do you shrug them off, let them get under your skin or something else? What if you were driving that road, listening to a doctor tell you that you had cancer? How would you respond with the buzzing in your ears muffling words like “sarcoma” and “chemotherapy” and the electricity streaking up your spine the only feeling that breaks the numbness?

 “The idea was there and [Vince and I] thought it was a really good one.  It was a great opportunity for us to a group together, who love to bike.  And more importantly, help out the ACS.” 

For Brian McQuestion, the co-founder of the American Cancer Society’ Endure, the answer was ride.

It started with a planter’s wart in October of 2003.  At least, that’s what the initial diagnosis was.  A few doctors’ appointments and a biopsy later confirmed Ewing’s Sarcoma.  Usually a pediatric form of cancer, it was rare diagnosis for a 25-year old.  So rare that the percentage of cases nationally can only be quantified by decimals.

Brian and Vince - EndureThe treatment was aggressive and lengthy.   Surgery followed by chemotherapy… …lots of it.  For six months, every third week, Brian would make the trip to Sloan-Kettering in New York for four eight-hour days of chemo.

To Brian’s credit, he stayed as active as he could during the treatment, hitting the gym and playing soccer.  When the chemo kept him off his feet, he passed the long hours by reading the books of Lance Armstrong.  Say what you will about the athlete, but Armstrong’s battle against testicular cancer provided inspiration. 

“I bought his books during treatment. Read them and then I bought a mountain bike,” McQuestion said. “I just started riding on the trails near my home in New York when I wasn’t going through treatment.”

At first an outlet to try and stay active, it became a bit more when he moved back to Pennsylvania the following summer.  Seeing that his co-workers were more into riding on the asphalt than the trails, Brian bought a road bike and joined their group rides.  

At the same time, Brian was getting involved with the American Cancer Society and the idea of bike ride sprang to life.  A meeting with Vince Bulzoni, Endure co-founder, helped make the notion a reality. 

Vince was heavily involved in the biking community and also recently suffered the loss of his mother due to renal cancer.   After more than a year of planning, the first Endure kicked off from Kirby Park.  Vince remembers the morning of the inaugural Endure.

“We didn’t have a lot of riders signed up the morning of the ride and we didn’t know how many were going to actually have.  Then, one by one, people started showing up and we ended having a group of about 150 riders.  If I ever felt the presence of my mom, it was that morning.”

Almost $25,000 was raised from the grass-roots event.  Over the past six years, Endure has grown and moved to its current home at Wilkes University.   And while the event has gone on to raise $230,000 for the American Cancer Society since that first ride, Brian is most proud of the message Endure sends.Brian McQuestion Dr. Visit

“We are doing what we can to create awareness in general and then about the mission and programs of the American Cancer Society.   I’m appreciative of the participants and sponsors that support us year after year and that they are actively engaged in the fight against cancer.”

With his cancer officially in remission, Brian has traded the grueling hours of treatment and hospital waiting rooms for the demanding miles on the bike.  An easy exchange to make really.  But as the battle against cancer still rages on, Brian’s answer remains the same: ride.

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