When support vehicles drove by on my climb up Left Hand Canyon to Ward, CO for the 2nd annual Boulder B Strong ride, I was tempted to give in and hitch a ride to the top. But I didn’t. And neither did cancer survivor Kevin Mulshine when three years ago his doctors and nurses coached him through the pedal pumping 12 percent grade to receive his one-year remission report. Kevin’s spirits were higher than the 9,000-foot elevation- there was no sign of cancer in his last test.
A moment he was unsure he would ever face as some doctors told him he would never survive the two 2 aggressive types of lymphoma he was diagnosed with in 2008. But one of the Dr. believed differently and helped save Kevin’s life. Together, they co-founded the Boulder B Strong Ride to benefit cancer charities. On the local level, proceeds benefit the George Karl Foundation and Boulder Community Hospital. Internationally, the ride raises money for Livesstrong.
Today 800 riders took to the roads of Boulder in a 24-mile countryside loop or a 69-mile mountain tour.
To Kevin and partner of the event, Denver Nuggets Coach and fellow cancer survivor, George Karl, the ride is a celebration of cancer survivorship and also the people who support cancer patients in the emotional battle.
In the following interview hear from Kevin about the empowerment of the ride. Coach Karl talks about how the fight against cancer is similar to playing like an NBA team.