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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team For Pete’s Sake

Michael Smith For Pete's Sake 3This year will be Michael Smith’s second year participating in 24 Hours of Booty Columbia, and for him August cannot come fast enough!

When his father passed away from cancer six years ago, he searched for an event that would tie together bike riding and raising money for cancer research, as well as an organization focused on helping people with cancer.  He finally found 24 Hours of Booty and the search was over. 

“This was the event for me,” Michael Smith said.

Last year, Smith rode as the only member and team captain of team For Pete’s Sake. Although he is the only rider on his team so far this year, he plans to recruit family members and friends to join him in this experience. His team name For Pete’s Sake was first established at an American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event that Smith did the year that his father passed away. 

“When we got to the event they told us that we needed a team name and I drew a blank,”Smith said. “One of my co-workers told me that we should call it ‘For Pete’s Sake’ in remembrance of my Dad.”

For Smith’s second year as a rider, he is determined to raise $2,500. If he does exceed this fundraising goal, then the Monday following the event he will go to work wearing a dress. This way, there is a fun incentive for his coworkers to cheer him on. As far as fundraising strategies, Smith plans to constantly remind people to donate to him via Facebook, Twitter, email, text, in person, etc. He also asks local businesses to hold events where a percentage of the proceeds go toward supporting him as a rider.  For example, last year the California Tortilla in Gaithersburg, Maryland held what they call a  “Spirit Night” where 25 percent of the orders between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. were donated to Smith if the customer told the cashier that they “hate cancer.”

Smith enjoys getting out there to riding with hundreds of other cyclists who hate cancer and ride to raise money for a good cause. His favorite part about 24 Hours of Booty is the camaraderie between the cyclists.

“There were a few cyclists who I just met at the event, but by the end of the 24 hours we were talking and joking around like we had known each other and been riding together for years,” says Smith.

 The companionship he experienced made it easy for him to accomplish last year’s goal to ride until he couldn’t ride any more. He ended up riding a little bit over 136 miles and this year he plans on riding at least 150 miles. Although there were countless times during the ride when he wanted to pull over and quit, he pushed through.

“What changed my mind was two of the traffic people had huge smiles on their faces every time I would ride past them,” says Smith.  “I never asked them their names, but they kept me going, as well as encouraged me to sign up this year and try harder to raise more money for the cause.”

To help support individual riders like Michael Smith visit our website to make a donation.



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Chris Hinkebein’s Be The Match Journey: Part 3 – Bone Marrow Donation Surgery

Chris Hinkebein, 24 Hours of Booty rider, shares his day-of experience from bone marrow donation surgery for Be The Match on Friday, February 6. 

IMG_2067 (1)I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning and arrived at the hospital shortly after 6 a.m. I checked into the hospital and was told my surgery would be conducted in the children’s hospital wing of the UNC Chapel Hill hospital.

I went to the pre-surgery room where we met with a nurse and had my first IV put in. The anesthesiologists came in to discuss the anesthesia I would be under and what to expect.  I met with the bone marrow transplant surgeons, who told me what to expect from the procedure and explained that my marrow would be taken to a courier and immediately to my match before I was out of surgery.

I was moved from a normal hospital bed to a surgery bed around 8 a.m. The anesthesiologist gave me a toroidal shot and I was quickly asleep.  I woke up to all the familiar faces from pre-surgery and a sore throat from my breathing tube at about 10:15 a.m.  The nurse said surgery went great and they took two liters of bone marrow during the procedure.  I felt little achy, but didn’t really know what was going on for first few minutes.

After an hour and fifteen minutes in recovery, I was released from the hospital.  I was unsteady on my feet, so a nurse wheeled me down and assisted my mom in getting me in the car.  I spent a majority of the day resting in bed.

The procedure went great! I was sore for a couple days, but by Sunday I was pretty mobile and back to about 80 percent. By Monday I was able to stand and sit with no assistance and had very little pain. The pain from the procedure was tolerable; the most relatable way I could describe it would be if you slipped on ice and hit the pavement really hard. I felt most of the pain in my lower back and it was a bruise type ache.

I hope that my match receives my bone marrow donation and his health begins to improve. The donation and this whole experience is something I would not trade for the world.  It has been a truly life changing experience and I would recommend anyone considering donating to visit to join the registry.  It’s been a great experience for an even better purpose.

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Chris Hinkebein’s Be the Match Journey: Part 2 – Pre-Operation

Chris Hinkebein, 24 Hour of Booty rider, shares his perspective of his pre-op experiences on Thursday, February 5 before heading into his bone marrow transplant surgery to donate for Be The Match on Friday, February 6. 

IMG_2060Today is the day before my donation and I’m feeling good. We arrived at UNC Chapel Hill Cancer Hospital this afternoon and checked in with the Bone Marrow Donation unit. My first step was giving four vials of blood, followed by meeting with a nurse practitioner.

The nurse practitioner went through a series of questions about my health since birth, including every bone break, health issue, tobacco/alcohol/drug use and family health history.  She took my blood pressure, checked my vitals, temperature and took a urine sample.  From there, I got a second EKG and chest X-Ray as a follow up to the physical exam I had a couple weeks ago.

I spent the majority of the time with a nurse practitioner who was wonderful.  She spent a lot of time describing what to expect from the procedure, recovery and began to describe the impact of my donation.   Listening to her discuss various patients that have received donations and the positive impact it has had on their lives began to put the whole process into perspective.

As we began to discuss the specific disease that my match has, the nurses begin to tell me about a 27 year-old male with the exact same disease who received a donation through UNC Chapel Hill.  This patient is completely back to normal and you would never know the shape he was in, according to the nurses.

Being 26, this really hit home for me and put the true meaning of this donation into perspective. The exponential impact that one individual who beat cancer has on people around him — other cancer patients, the doctors, nurses, family and friends — really does make you feel small in this large world.  The nurses lit up the more they talked about him and I can only imagine there are several hundreds, if not thousands of other people that he has the same impact on. One case of donating bone marrow for that 27 year-old male has given hope to thousands.

According to the nurses, I will be back to normal after two weeks.  I may never know the impact that this one day has on my match’s life, or if his body even accepted my marrow. I hope to be able to meet my match, but that is a long way down the road.  My hope is that my donation can give a glimmer of hope to this individual, someone in his family, someone in his hospital or maybe someone who will never get the chance to meet him.  The idea of hope is such a large tool that we can latch onto in times of need and possibly be the only thing one needs to push through this terrible disease.My opportunity to provide this hope comes at the bright hour of 6:00 a.m.  I have a two hour prep before my procedure and surgery begins at 8:00 a.m.  The procedure is expected to take no more than two hours and will leave two small incisions on my lower back.  I will be in post operation recovery for around four hours then will be cleared to leave the hospital.

If you would like more information about joining the Be the Match bone marrow registry, please check out to learn more. I would highly encourage you to consider registering if you’re able — it’s a truly rewarding and humbling experience!

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Chris Hinkebein’s Be the Match Journey: Part 1 – You’re a Match

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 1.20.18 PMChris Hinkebein, 24 Hours of Booty rider, closed out the year helping staff finish the 2014 event season, but little did he know his help would reach far beyond setting up and taking down the events. Hinkebein found out in late fall that he was a bone marrow match for a cancer patient in need of a transplant through Be the Match.

Hinkebein was first introduced to Be The Match (BTM) through his college football coach at the University of Virginia (UVA), Mike London.  Coach London’s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at an early age and was in need of a transplant.  After they searched the registry there were no matches for her, so they began to look to immediate family as a last resort. Typically it is very rare for immediate family to be a match, but Coach London was in fact a match.

“Coach London really pushed to have the team and students at UVA sign up, so every year we would spend a day on campus recruiting members of the university community to register,” said Chris Hinkebein, 24 Hours of Booty rider and Be the Match donor.  “Coach London’s efforts recruit hundreds of new registrants each year and have paired many patients with potential donors.”

Since Coach London began his efforts four years ago, Hinkebein is the fifth football player who has been notified he is a match since joining the Be the Match registry.

“My initial motivation really wasn’t me asking myself ‘Why?’ it was more ‘Why not?’,” Hinkebein said.  “The process to register is so simple and could potentially be a life saving decision.  Knowing if the roles were reversed and myself or someone in my family needed a transplant I would be so grateful for the people who signed up to give another chance at life.”

After getting a quick mouth swab to join the BTM registry, Chris was later notified that he was a potential match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant. The next step was to get blood drawn to ensure he was a perfect match for the patient. Two months passed and Chris was informed he was indeed a perfect match for the prospective patient in need.

Hinkebein was ecstatic to find out he was a match. Receiving the news that he has the opportunity to save someone’s life is truly humbling to him.

“We all get in the daily grind of work and society, but hearing the news of being a match really puts life back into perspective as to what is really important,” Hinkebein said.

Since finding out he was a match, the process has quickly ramped up and required Hinkebein to be in constant communication with a BTM representative. Hinkebein mentioned that his BTM representative has made the donation process “a breeze” and has been great to work with in regards to planning appointments that fit his schedule.

Hinkebein’s donation will be performed the traditional way, where doctors will insert a needle in my hip to extract the marrow.  The process will take place at UNC-Chapel Hill and should last no more than two hours. The only information Hinkebein was given about the patient was age, gender, and disease type. This information is confidential, but both the donor and patient will have the opportunity to meet one another after the extraction and transplant procedures are complete if both parties agree. 

“Since the process has begun I feel as if I have a connection to the patient,  to someone who I don’t even know and possibly never will,” Hinkebein said. “It is a very unique relationship that is hard to explain, but definitely exciting and I wouldn’t trade the opportunity for anything.”

Fielding constant questions about how he feels going in to the procedure, if he is nervous or if it will hurt, Chris is just ready.  While like most people, he does not like surgery, this is a unique situation that has given him no apprehensions, but rather given him something to look forward to.

“No matter how much the process may hurt, the patient I am donating to is dying, so their pain and hurt is much greater than anything I will endure,” Hinkebein said. “If I can offer someone the opportunity at a second chance at life, I will, no matter how painful the process may be because I would hope someone would do the same in return for myself, my family, my friends or any other complete stranger if they are afforded the opportunity.”

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World Cancer Day 2015 – Not Beyond Us

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 4.32.33 PMDid you know that 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? That means all of us will be affected by cancer whether it be personally or via a friend or family member. Cancer touches everyone, giving even more reason to raise awareness and education about the disease and take action.

Wednesday, February 4 is World Cancer Day – a day that highlights the positive and proactive solutions to fighting cancer that are within our reach. The four pronged campaign focuses on choosing healthy lives, delivering early detection, achieving treatment for all and maximizing quality of life.

World Cancer Day 2015 rallies around the notion that cancer is not beyond us. On governmental, community and individual levels we can mobilize solutions that create a catalyst for positive change in fighting cancer. It is not just any day, but an important day to mark on your advocacy calendar because cancer is a global epidemic that is set to rise. Currently each year 8.2 million people die from cancer of which 4 million people die prematurely between the ages of 30 and 69.

The Union for International Cancer Control (IUCC), the founder of World Cancer Day, urges individuals, communities and governments globally to use these numbers as an opportunity and motivation for implementing what we know about prevention, detection, treatment and care to impact the fight against cancer for the better. Learn more about how you can get involved and make a difference on World Cancer Day here.

Start the conversation! Engage different community members in your city to raise awareness about cancer. Keep the conversation going by urging friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers to register for 24 Hours of Booty, where they can be a part of the positive and proactive changes we are making through funding patient navigation and patient-centered services at LIVESTRONG and local beneficiaries.

Sign up for one of our events today:

24 Hours of Booty – Indianapolis

24 Hours of Booty – Charlotte

24 Hours of Booty – Columbia

24 Hours of Booty – Atlanta

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name Team Klipsch

KlipschAccording to the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, “Music therapy can uplift and transform survivors, bringing the mind body and soul into perfect harmony.”

Klipsch is a leading global manufacturer of premium sound solutions for consumer and professional markets and proud sponsor of 24 Hours of Booty.

The relationship between Klipsch and 24 Hours of Booty began when a friend invited Rich Doppelfeld, vice president of Global Human Resources to the Charlotte event. Doppelfeld was impressed and inspired by the enthusiasm and passion of the riders and staff, and was eager to share this experience with his family and friends.

In 2011, 24 Hours of Booty announced an expansion of the event to Indianapolis, Indiana. Doppelfeld shared his Charlotte experience with President and CEO of Klipsch, Paul Jacobs, leaving him no choice but to involve the corporation in the cause.

“24 Hours of Booty provides an opportunity to raise money to fight cancer, but also promotes true team building, esprit de corps and healthy living,” says Jacobs. “This event creates a positive feeling at Klipsch and our employees, families and friends look forward to participating in the annual 24 Hours of Booty.”

Klipsch formed a team in Indianapolis and distributed in-ear headphones and KMC 3 wireless music systems as giveaways and prizes. This year the team is expecting 25 plus riders at the Indianapolis event. Doppelfeld and his team raised over $13,000 in 2014. They show their support by riding in custom Klipsch cycling jerseys with the 24 Hours of Booty logo, as well as camp out in Bootyville.

“You get a true understanding of the importance of sponsoring and participating in 24 Hours of Booty at the start of the event,” says Doppelfeld. “The executive director asks the riders to raise their hands if they or someone in their family has been affected by cancer and almost every hand is raised.”

To join a team a or sign up as an individual rider, check out our registration page here.

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team Carpe Diem

Stephanie BrownIn 2004 Stephanie Brown began her journey with 24 Hours of Booty as a semi-cyclist after she lost her dad to cancer. For the last 13 years as a captain and team member, Brown has always admired her eclectic group of riders made up of co-workers, friends and family riding for a common goal.

As team captain in 2011, Brown adopted her personal saying,“Carpe Diem” as their 24 Hours of Booty team name because it validated their motto to “Ride bikes, fight cancer, and seize the day!” Her team is stays fairly small, never exceeding 15 people. In fact, that year her team of 15 members won the Top Fundraising Award.

For Brown, the most exciting part of 24 Hours of Booty is how much money she can raise collectively with the community to make a difference. Last year, Carpe Diem’s 10-member team was well represented raising over  $24,000 and having over 50 percent of their teammates earn jerseys. They had three yellow jersey winners and two red jersey winners, as well as first time team member Paul Meyer win Rookie of the Year. They often joke and call themselves “the little team that could,” but this little team rode over 850 miles total achieving personal and group mileage goals.

They are all self motivated,” Brown said. “Everyone has a connection to cancer – it’s a no brainer. They participate because their hearts are in the right place.”

The team does not generally hold large fundraisers, but they have included restaurants and food fundraisers in the past, such as their campaign “BBQ for Booty” held in 2011 at Mac’s Speed Shop.

This year, Brown is looking forward to the start of the event and the first lap around the loop.

“There is so much emotion, anticipation and support of people who turn up from all over,” says Brown.

She also loves the neighborhood support and being able to hear multiple rider stories throughout the event. Brown is very eager to encourage others to ride in 24 Hours of Booty and is patiently waiting for this year’s event.

The wait is finally over! 24 Hours of Booty registration opens this week! Register here on Thursday,  January 29 starting at 9 a.m. to commit to joining us in July!

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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team Kancer Kiboshers

Kasten BlogJessica Kasten registered for her first 24 Hours of Booty in 2011 for the second annual Atlanta event. She initially saw the event on Facebook and it sparked an interest due to her close connections with cancer, so she decided to participate.

The first ride for Kasten and her team was dedicated to her friend and colleague Stan, who was diagnosed with liver cancer. Stan and Kasten worked together at a local school. Kasten and Stan formed Team “Teachers with Booty” because it was only made up teachers at the time. Team Teachers with Booty supported Stan by creating t-shirts with his name to ride in his honor. Riding in the event ever since, Kasten has lost many people to cancer, but has also known many survivors whom she continues to ride for. As the team began to grow and expanded beyond teachers, they changed the name to Team “Kancer Kiboshers”.

Fundraising is a year-long commitment for the Kancer Kiboshers, this year Kasten held a Wildtree tasting party at her home. Wildtree is a Mary_Kay-style company that allows customers to host parties at their homes or businesses; anytime someone purchases an item Kasten received a portion and put it towards 24 Hours of Booty.

“First time riders should just know they should go at their own pace and have fun,” says Jessica Kasten, Team Kancer Kiboshers captain. “This is not a competition and they should just be sure they let themselves enjoy the weekend.”

Kasten has met many amazing people at 24 hours of Booty and says it feels great to be doing something important for loved ones fighting cancer.

“I have met amazing people, I feel so good to be doing something so important for loved ones and everyone dealing with cancer,” says Kasten.  “I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.“


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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Betty and the Buttcrackers

All threeFor John Raab, team captain of Betty and the Butt Crackers, it was always a goal of his to ride in 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis. He had previously participated as a Booty Crew member for the event, but when his sister was diagnosed with lung cancer, 24 Hours of Booty provided him with a way to fundraise for a cause as well as complete his goal of riding in the event.

“I felt it was my Booty Duty,” said John Raab. “[24 Hours of Booty] has given me a renewed sense of purpose.”

Adding to his list of goals for this year Raab intends to ride 100 miles along side his teammate Bob Boehman, whose goal is 300 miles. To complete this goal, Raab looks forward to the most exciting part of the race, “riding into the wee hours of the night.”

This year their team consists of Raab, his daughter, his school principle and a friend whom he met last year while riding. This is one of his favorite parts of the race, being able to meet new people with similar interests and the possibility of new teammates.

Raab’s team may be small, but they are hardly overlooked due to their unique team name and cycling attire.

“We held a fundraiser at work and whoever donated the most money won the privilege of naming our team,” Raab said. “ We ended up with Betty and the Butt Crackers.”

The donors also choose race attire for the team to wear each year. Last year the team’s uniform consisted of pink tees and pink tutus, but this year their outfit choice is still to be determined.

Want to see what Team Betty and the Buttcrackers will be sporting on the Booty Loop this year? Register for the 2015 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis here.


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Team Spotlight: Behind the Name of Team Reeb

David Faulkner 2Riding their way down the paths of the Sedgfield neighborhood of Southend Charlotte, cycling started as a hobby for David Faulkner and his friends. In 2007, one of his friends mentioned the 24 Hours of Booty event and Faulkner thought it would be a great challenge. His team was only made up of about five friends at the time.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) became involved with the cycling group almost by accident. OMB was a convenient place for team members to meet in the Southend area. Every Friday afternoon, the group would come together for team meetings to discuss strategy, and became frequent customers of the brewery. In 2009, the group approached the owners about partnering with them for 24 Hours of Booty to which they agreed, and the partnership officially began 2010.

“With our newly formed relationship with OMB in 2010, I almost signed up the team for the event that year as ‘Team Beer’”, said David Faulkner, Team Reeb captain. “Team Reeb’ was about as far out of the box as I could think.”

Faulkner’s vision is for someone in a car to be able to make out the word “beer” from their rear view mirror. Although the idea didn’t go as planned, the name suck with the group.

“A wise staff person at 24 Hours of Booty once told us that the best fundraisers are ones that capitalize on what the team does well,“ says Faulkner.

Fundraising is a major focus for Team Reeb, so they honed in on their best skills – eating and drinking. Team Reeb hosts an annual barbeque in the spring and holds events at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to raise money. They also cultivate relationships with other local restaurants and fitness centers where a portion of a night’s proceeds go to 24 Hours of Booty. Team Reeb’s goal is to raise more than $75,000 and to receive top team honors, while Faulkner’s personal goal is to be a yellow jersey winner for 2015.

Team Reeb now has around 55 members made up of friends of friends as Faulkner describes. He has made many new friends and reached many personal goals since his first ride. His relationship with 24 Hours of Booty along with the team continues to grow in great spirits and now many regular riders who he considers family.

“In the end, I always seem to walk away after the event with at least one or two specific moments where I can say, ‘Yep, that is why we ride in circles for 24 hours’”, Faulkner said.

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