I am a breast cancer survivor and became involved in the cause the fight breast cancer through the Ridin to a Cure and the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation. I raise funds, help volunteer and more importantly have toured the Facility of Dr. Carol Williams. I have heard Dr. Williams talk year after year at the Ride and at other professional events and she is always mentioning the support of the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation and Ridin to a Cure. She is an exhuberant personality that is really making a difference in the world of breast cancer research with a little cell called SmGDS (smidge GDS). This little cell grows cancer cells and the update on the research now is to the point where they are trying to find drugs that bind to it to stop it dead in its tracks! Pretty exciting stuff - BUT it costs money and takes time to go through these efforts. The 19th annual Ridin to a Cure raised over $156,000 dollars this year with over 1055 registrants - this money will vary likely continue funding Dr. Carol's research - which will have to undergo rigorus testing, trials and eventually FDA approval. Government funding has all but dried up and Dr. Carol continue to look toward the Foundation for funding. Go DR. Carol and your team!
Donations can be made directly to the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation visit www.rrcrf.org
My experience with this foundation and what they have accomplished over the years has been excellent. They have done a great job funding breast cancer research in S.E. Wisconsin and have contributed to several important studies at the Medical College of WI and ProHealth. I like knowing donations go toward research and they operate with volunteers that are dedicated and want to make a difference. The main fundraising event is fun, well organized and brings together people who are passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer.
I have had several opportunities to interact with Committee members, Foundation Members, and the many volunteers who work extremely hard in their roles to raise funds for the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation. That said, I have to agree with the comments of "Poolboy." However, no comments or opinions matter to me as much as those of Dr. Carol Williams, PhD, and her associates at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Carol is quoted in many articles expressing her gratitude for the financial support she has received as a result of these combined efforts. Her exciting and ongoing research would surely suffer without this funding. As I have said to others in the groups mentioned above, "If you have an ego, check it at the door. If you share the passion of these many dedicated volunteers - WELCOME! Join the cause." Go Rock River HOG! Keep the funds flowing for the RRCRF! Great cause - great group!
Review from Guidestar
I read the recently posted review regarding the individual who insinuates that one person is somehow single handedly raised over 2 Million dollars. It's a shame that personal egos and politics can tarnish the extremely hard work of the Rock River HOG Chapter. Our annual event, Ridin' to a Cure, has raised close to $4 million in the last 16 years for a cause that can and does touch every family, breast cancer. All net proceeds go directly to the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation. The moneys granted are explicitly ear marked for breast cancer research and stay in southeastern Wisconsin.
As happens with any volunteer organization that is worth the effort, the passions and commitments required to make it work, usually are driven by strong personal opinions. Those strong opinions can, of course, often do cause some conflicts. As is normal, there are two sides to every story. I only hope that anyone reading reviews about this foundation and it's goal, realize that hundreds of volunteers, not any one individual, have put a great amount of sweat and effort into making this foundation's mission a successful one.