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Rider Story – Kelly Wooten

Earlier this week we gave away a 24 Hours of Booty charm to a rider who submitted their story last week.  Winner Kelly Wooten plans to give her charm to her mom, an ovarian cancer survivor.  Here is Kelly’s story: 

This will be my 4th year riding in 24 Hours of Booty for Team Baginski.  I started riding in 2007 in memory of my uncle Jum Baginski, an avid biker who passed away from kidney cancer in August 2006.  He lived in Charlotte most of his life and friends rallied around to form the team after he was diagnosed.  24 Hours of Booty has been an inspiring way for his friends and family to honor his memory and continue his spirit doing something he loved and helping fight cancer.  This team has been a wonderful support system for my aunt Connie, who was his partner in the fight and still needs our encouragement. 

In 2010, my mother Ann Wooten was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just before the ride.  It was a hard blow to our family, but my mom has been an amazing patient and has had so much support from her friends and family.  She has inspired me through her cancer journey, finding strength, humor and patience in unexpected places.  She has just completed her first course of chemo and is continuing on a trial drug.  I shaved my head in September, a little while after she did, but mine has grown back, while she is still bald and beautiful.  Just this week we got the news that her latest scans showed no signs of cancer! 

I wish I didn’t have so many people to ride for, but I am glad to have a way to participate in the fight against cancer.

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