Nationwide Fundraiser for Children's Cancer Research has Local Ties

Amy Adamle
Updated: May 20, 2019 10:12 AM

A nationwide fundraiser to benefit children's cancer research is coming up during the month of June and it's perfect for all of the Northland's bike lovers.

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Last February, we introduced you to Nathalia Hawley, or Nat, as she was known by friends and family.  She was an adventourous, caring soul, taken too soon.

On April 19th, at only 15-years-old, Nathalia passed away from her battle with bone cancer.  Now just weeks later, her mom, Katy, is spreading Nat's message.

"We're really just trying to get people to ride for her ride in honor of her and to raise awareness and also money for osteosarcoma research," Hawley said. 

Katy's hoping people will join in the fundraiser, The Great Cycle Challenge.  It's a nationwide bike race that raises money for Children's Cancer Research Fund.

"We have such a strong biking community here and I think this is a great organization or a great thing for people to get involved with," Hawley said.

The challenge is simple and anyone can participate.  

"You set up a goal of how many miles you're going to ride, 100, 200 miles for the month of June and then you ask for donations," Hawley said. 

You can ride your bike outside or use a stationary bike to particpate.

This year there's even a special group in her honor, Team Nat, and they've set a pretty big goal for themselves.

"I'm hoping that we raise at least a million dollars for team Nat," Hawley said.  

When asked how she'd feel if they reached that goal, Hawley was overwhelmed.

"Oh my god, it would be so amazing because it takes a lot of money for research and that's what we need," Hawley said. "We need money for research, so kids like her and other kids don't have to lose their life."

Just by riding a bike, anyone can help carry on what Nat would have wanted.

"She would've loved this and she would've been so filled with gratitude for all the support and all the love that people have had for her," Hawley said. 

All of the money raised supports Children's Cancer Research Fund. The Great Cycle Challenge starts in June, but you can start fundraising right away.  Click here to join Team Nat


Amy Adamle

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