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Brittany Etter

Columbus to Pickerington
Team Huntington - Southern Ohio / Kentucky

In March of 2016 my dad was diagnosed with extensive small cell lung cancer. At the time of diagnosis it had already spread to multiple places, including his brain. It's such a nasty form of cancer with very low survival rates that it's not staged like other cancers. Small cell lung cancer is either limited or extensive. With the diagnosis of extensive we were told we were looking at weeks without any treatment and with treatment we would be lucky to have him make it through the end of the year. We were told the first rounds of chemotherapy it would respond to very well and we would most likely see it shrinking and no new growth. We were also told that wouldn't last long and when it started to grow again it would most likely be unstoppable. We were blessed with amazing doctors and medical team that not only took care of my dad but the whole family along the journey. While the doctors were honest about the prognosis they also said they had seen miracles that had no explanation other than God. Knowing they believed in those miracles was comforting to me in ways. The doctors were right and after some successfully rounds of chemotherapy and radiation the cancer had both shrunk and had not developed new spots. They were also right in saying when it started again there would be no stopping it. After trying multiple forms of chemotherapy, radiation, and some other treatments the cancer was continuing to grow. At the end of January 2018 we got the worst test results we had ever received, the cancer had spread pretty much every where. A few days later my dad decided he was done with treatment. I didn't view it as he was giving up because I knew how hard the treatment was on his body. About five weeks later, on Thursday March 8th, 2018 at 12:49 my dad beat his battle with cancer and went to Heaven where he gets to live cancer free forever. Being a part of the Pelotonia family and feeling like I'm doing something to help other families to hopefully never have to go through what mine has, has given me some purpose with the loss of my dad. Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Focused on a community of passionate fundraisers and around a three-day experience of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism, the Pelotonia community has raised more than $158 million for high-risk, high-reward cancer research. Last year, 8,022 Riders from 39 states and 7 countries participated along with 3,576 Virtual Riders and 3,044 Volunteers. On August 4th, I'm riding for my dad. I'll be riding 25 miles through Columbus with thousands of other ridings all fighting for the same cause, beating cancer. Please join me in supporting this cause, where 100% of your donation will go directly towards cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

My Pelotonia 2020 Donors

Date Donor Name Amount