For Kim Cook, the founder of the Pink Ribbon Cyclists and a patient at Rush University Medical Center, July 23 will be a day she will never forget.
Over the past ten years, Kim Cook and several other bicyclists have volunteered to bike five days and 370 miles from Chicago to Three Lakes, Wisconsin, and back in an effort to raise money for the breast cancer research program at Rush University Medical Center.
Cook’s mother was diagnosed with cancer, and then her two sisters were also diagnosed with breast cancer. Cook and both of her sisters have been patients of Dr. Melody Cobleigh, director of the Coleman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Clinic at Rush. Cook started the Pink Ribbon Cyclists to help raise awareness and funds for the breast cancer research. Since then, the Pink Ribbon Cyclists have raised more than $100,000 and 100 percent of the proceeds go back to Rush.
At the finish line celebration on Friday, July 23, the Pink Ribbon Cyclists received a warm welcome from doctors, nurses, patients and staff at Rush as well as their friends and family.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was at the finish line to greet the cyclists and make an official proclamation that July 23 will be known as Pink Ribbon Cyclists Day.
Read more about the Pink Ribbon Cyclists and their experience on the five-day bike ride on Kim Cook’s blog. For more information about Kim Cook, please contact the media relations department at (312) 942-0588.