"The Two Barbs"

Imagine a family of six—mother, father and four young children under the age of 14. Now imagine that same family without the mother. This is the picture of a family devastated by breast cancer. This is my family.

The Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off began in 2010 as the “Pink Ribbon Ride” to honor the memory of my mother, Susanna Wills. Eleven fellow cyclists from the Gainesville Cycling Club joined the inaugural 54-mile ride. Many wore pink ribbons bearing the names of loved ones touched by breast cancer.

In October of 2011, a local breast cancer survivor, Barb Thomas, joined forces with me to develop the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off. Though neither of us had previous experience hosting a charity event, we shared a very personal relationship with breast cancer. Barb Thomas, a breast cancer survivor herself, designed and introduced the Pink Ribbon Cycling Jersey in October of 2007 to support treatment-resistant breast cancer research at the University of Florida. Net proceeds from sales of the jersey support this important research.

By joining forces with the University of Florida, 156 riders rolled across the start line of the inaugural Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off in October of 2012! Wearing personalized pink ribbons, a hold-over from the very first "Pink Ribbon Ride", riders honored loved ones affected by breast cancer and helped remind others in the community that the battle with breast cancer is not yet won.

Please join the fight to eradicate treatment-resistant breast cancers by joining in this year's Pedal-Off or by donating to this important local research.

Barb Wills

Thank you to those who have helped us donate more than $100,000 in support of this critical research.

“The Two Barbs”