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Lifesaving cancer research

This event is all about funding lifesaving cancer research. The inaugural year of LOWVELO in 2019 attracted more than 600 riders and 300 volunteers. Riders brought in almost $700,000 from 5,554 donors, and that funding already has been put to good use. Read about Timmy Samec who is a cancer survivor and one of the first researchers to receive funding from LOWVELO.

Our 2020 event was held virtually and included more than 600 participants from 26 states, who collectively cycled, ran, or walked 124,714 miles and raised over $114,000 for cancer research.

lowvelo fellow timmy samec

It’s not just the fundraising that excites us, though. It’s how this event opens up all kinds of opportunities to bond with the community to fight this disease. Many of our participants are survivors or are riding to honor family members who are battling cancer. We get to meet them and hear their inspiring stories. We also get to meet the researchers working diligently behind the scenes to find that next breakthrough to bring to the clinic.

All participant-raised funds go to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, which is the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and the largest academic-based cancer research program in South Carolina. With more than 120 cancer scientists across 20 different academic departments, Hollings’ mission is to eradicate cancer. Read highlights about the cancer center’s research and clinical trials success stories on the Hollings news site.

Cancer Survivor Stories

Whipple Warrior: Patient to Ride 57-mile Route 10 Months Post-Op

Surgery and chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer could not keep Mary Nell Goolsby from riding in the inaugural LOWVELO. Read about how she focused on the positives of her diagnosis.

mary nell goolsby rides on the ravenel bridge during lowvelo 19

MUSC Surgeon Rides LOWVELO with Parents, Who’ve Both Had Cancer

Inspired by her mother, Heather took up cycling as a way of life. Learn how cancer and cycling brought this family closer together in this inspiring story.

nancy and heather evans stand together with cycling gear on

Better than ever: Cancer Survivor to Ride LOWVELO with doctor who saved his life

Nick Charalambous says that his MUSC Hollings Cancer Center oncologist Robert Stuart, M.D., brought him “back from the dead.” Read how this relationship proved to be special.

nick charalambous and dr robert stuart sit together in a medical exam room

Hollings Café Owners Ride Tandem

José and Wendy Peréy are the friendly faces of Hollings Cancer Center, filling hungry stomachs and administering a daily dose of joy. Learn how a chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis led to the Hollings Café owners supporting the cancer center in a big way.

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Dr. John O'Bryan

Hollings Cancer Center researcher & LOWVELO Jerry Zucker 100-mile route rider

This experience helped connect Hollings with people in the communities that we serve. It also helped to increase our visibility and recognition among those in the greater Charleston area. Volunteers really helped to make the event special. I can also say that their interactions with other volunteers, particularly those in the medical profession, helped to increase awareness of health issues such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. These interactions will prove invaluable in the future to improve the health of our community.

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two women standing at the edge of the lowvelo 19 route
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riders on the ravenel bridge during lowvelo 19
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jose and wendy perey ride together on a tandem bike