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First Annual Bike for Prevention Bike-A-Thon to feature star athletes

April 19 - April 25

Region – Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is hosting its first Annual Bike for Prevention Bike-A-Thon virtually on a local and national scale from Monday, April 19 to Sunday, April 25. The Bike-A-Thon will feature national chairs Jen Hanks and Ellen Noble, as well as local chair Walter Rodin Jr.

Jen Hanks is an elite mountain bike racer and two-time breast cancer survivor. Over the course of her treatment, Jen has undergone a total of ten surgeries, two rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation. Hanks comments, “Currently, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I was one of those women when at 35 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer and two years later had a recurrence. Through MBCC’s work of advocating against the environmental causes of breast cancer and stopping it before it starts, I am hopeful that far fewer people will face a breast cancer diagnosis in the future.”

Ellen Noble is a professional cyclocross and mountain bike racer. Noble has won four national championships and 2 Pan-American Championships; she hopes to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics! Ellen shares, “I lost my dad, Tom Noble, to stage IV colon cancer in 2012. Given my personal connection with my own health, as well as my connection to cancer because of losing my dad, I feel very connected to the mission of MBCC and am very excited to work with them on prevention in such meaningful ways.”

Walter Rodin Jr. is the manager of Dyer Electric Company, a family business located in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Walter is an avid long-distance bicyclist and will be assembling a team to join him in raising funds for prevention. Walter comments, “We as a family have had to fight cancer hard and together. Cancer does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or orientation. Success in beating this deadly disease takes great pride and courage.”

Participants can ride 1 mile or more, either outdoors on their favorite route or indoors on a stationary bike. For those interested who do not have a bike, MBCC invites them to participate on foot and either walk or run any distance of their choosing. All registered participants will receive a free t-shirt.

Registration for this virtual Bike-A-Thon is $40 for individuals, $150 for families (up to 5 members), and $25 for students. All proceeds from the event will benefit breast cancer prevention.

To learn more about registration options or to make a pledge, please visit or by call 800-649-MBCC (6222).


April 19
April 25