LOWVELO is a grassroots movement funding cancer research through a community of passionate fundraisers and a weekend experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Please join me in supporting this cause where 100% of your donation will go directly toward life-saving cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina.
MaryNell Goolsby (Hollings Cancer Center patient whose story is shared below), her brother Lee Goolsby, and her son Turner Waldrup are Team Whipple Warriors, and we encourage everyone to consider donating to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center to help reach Team Whipple Warriors goal of raising $4,250.00 of which 100% of every rider-raised dollar benefits cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. We will ride until it hurts and asks that you, please consider giving until it feels good. Thank you for helping us in the fight to cure cancer! MaryNell will ride 50 miles in this years Lowvelo peloton, and her brother Lee Goolsby and her son Turner Waldrup will each be riding 100 miles in this years Lowvelo peloton.
MaryNell hadn’t felt like herself for several months, and on January 2nd, 2019, MaryNell began exhibiting symptoms that became aggressive quickly. Thanks to her MDVIP physician at Mt. Pleasant Internal Medicine who moved heaven and earth to diagnose and treat MaryNell when she saw her on January 7th, MaryNell had Whipple surgery at MUSC just two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer and began chemotherapy at Hollings Cancer Center in March.
During that January 7th visit with MDVIP physician Dr. Susan Jones, MaryNell shared the list of symptoms that she was having - with jaundice and excruciating itching all over being the most visible. On January 11th, after an ultrasound followed by MRCP with Imaging Specialist, followed by two ERCPs with stent placements a week apart with Dr. Moran at MUSC, pre-surgically MaryNell was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
January 24th, 2019 Dr. William Purvis Lancaster at MUSC performed Whipple surgery on MaryNell at MUSC. We can’t sing Dr. Lancaster’s praises enough. MaryNell’s post-surgical diagnosis changed from Pancreatic Cancer to Stage III Distal Cholangiocarcinoma that had invaded her pancreas and duodenum and with three of the 27 lymph nodes removed during her Whipple surgery testing positive. Distal Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) is a very rare form of cancer but does have a better prognosis than Pancreatic Cancer, and for this reason, we feel blessed. Because Cholangiocarcinoma is rare, there is little research available, and this is one reason our peloton is riding in this years Lowvelo ride to raise money for cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.
After visiting MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and also speaking with MD Anderson Medical Center, MaryNell decided that MUSC Hollings Cancer Center was where she felt most comfortable receiving her oncology care. MaryNell began oral chemo in March with Dr. Daniel Reuben at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, and if her chemotherapy continues to go well she should complete her chemotherapy in mid-September; just in time to ride as a cancer survivor in November.
We are so thankful that MaryNell has access to an amazing team of healthcare providers at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and MUSC. MUSC Hollings Cancer Center and MUSC are true treasures right here in Charleston. Raising awareness is another reason that our peloton is riding; to raise awareness of how fortunate we are to have a world-class medical center at the forefront of cancer research right here in our backyard.
Our family is forever changed through MaryNell’s cancer, but it’s a good change in so many ways. It has brought our family closer together and reminded us what amazing friends and loved ones we have. MaryNell says it is her family and friends support and prayers that have allowed her to remain positive and to look forward to being a cancer survivor. MaryNell will turn 49 on October 7th, she returned to work 18 days after her Whipple surgery and began riding her Peloton bike again four weeks post-Whipple; she continues to live her life and remain positive and grateful.
Thank you for joining us in the fight against cancer!