“We all have a common goal:” Victory Ride brings 100 people together to fight cancer

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Riding for a Cure; Saturday was the fifth annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer at the North Carolina State Centennial Campus.

About 600 riders crossed the finish line and rang the special bell to show that they were doing their part to help bring cancer one step closer.

“When you walk in here, you feel the energy…” Fran Powell described.

It was electric.

The riders and their supporters each have a reason to be at the V Foundation fundraiser.

They want to help fund cancer research.

“I am a cancer survivor. I’m a cancer warrior actually because I have metastatic cancer in my lungs,” Powell said. “Thanks to cancer research, I’m well under control.”

“Ten years have passed since my diagnosis. I’ve been in NED, which means No Evidence of Disease, for five years. This is my fifth year of driving,” added Tom Vibert.

Some are survivors.

Some have loved ones who have battled or continue to battle the disease.

But on the day of the victory ride, they were all the same.

“My story isn’t that unique. You meet other people and it really helps you connect. They understand what I’ve been through and I understand what they’ve been through,” Powell added.

When the bikers crossed the finish line after 100, 60, 30 or 10 miles, they worked together towards a better future.

“We all have a common goal, and that’s to fight cancer,” Powell said. “We still have a lot to do.”

“That is why research is so important. [People] looking for something, for this chance [to live] and we have to try to offer them that,” added Vibert.

The 2022 Victory Ride raised approximately $300,000 for the V Foundation.

That brings the total from the five years of the ride to about $1.3 million.

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DUSTIN JONES

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