Nobody knows why it is, but once we learn how to ride a bicycle, we never forget. World Financial Group (WFG) Senior Associate Troy Hatch hadn’t ridden a bicycle in 11 years, but he found a reason to get back on one: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
In 2009, one of Troy’s childhood friends from Tempe, Ariz., passed away. A star college athlete, she had her whole life ahead of her when tragedy struck after one of the happiest moments of her life. “She was only married for two weeks when she found out she had cancer and 10 months later she passed away,” recalled Troy. Also, colon cancer struck one of his roommates, who is now in remission. “My whole perception changed when I saw my roommate struggle every single day. He had lots of energy and was fun to be around, but when this hit him, he was a totally different person,” Troy said. “It really dawned on me that you never know. . . . While I am young and healthy and still in good condition, I want to give back.”
And give back he has. In June, Troy, 32, completed his third bike race – America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Lake Tahoe, NV – as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, an initiative that helps train cyclists, runners, walkers, hikers and triathletes for various events around the country where they compete and raise money for the organization. Troy raised more than $4,500 for the event to help cure blood cancers such as leukemia –the No. 1 disease killer of children – lymphoma and myeloma. Troy even had his biking jersey adorned with the names of his two friends who had suffered from cancer. “I did that to remind myself that I’m not doing this for me, I’m doing this for those who’ve passed on or those who are suffering from cancer right now or those who have suffered. I’m giving back to those people who have meant a lot to me,” he said.
And while he didn’t come in first, Troy made the 100-mile ride in 5 ½ hours, and was the first from his training group to cross the finish line. He is currently training for his next event and looks forward continuing to raise money for a cause that means so much to him.
-This blog post is an excerpt from the article, “Back in the Saddle Again,” that is featured in the Qtr. 4 2010 issue of Opportunity magazine.