COLUMBIA, Md. - The seats, the pedals, and the reason. Names are on backs and they're in the hearts of riders.
"I can control being on a bike. I can ride a bike for 24 hours. I can push through that pain," said Jessica Protasio, a cancer survivor.
A 2 o'clock start on Saturday afternoon, and a 2 o'clock finish on Sunday. The Booty Loop is just over two miles in Columbia. Close to 400 riders are on the course.
Marla Shapiro got her friend on the phone. Danielle Skelly was supposed to be here, but her own life got in the way.
"You never really think of your own self being a part of it, we were just truing to help somebody else," said Skelly from her hospital bed.
Skelly was told she has breast cancer at her first mammogram. Instead of 24 Hours of Booty, she had a double mastectomy.
"I'm riding the loop in the hot sun, and every time I pass this crazy woman with a bell who's cheering for us like we're passing the grand prix," said Shapiro.
Over $200,000 have been raised for people like Danielle. The money benefits the services of Livestrong and the Ulman Cancer Center for Young Adults.
"What we do as an organization is create a community where young adults, family, friends can all come together and find the support and the resources they need during a difficult time," said Brock Yetso, CEO, Ulman Cancer Center.
"Chemo sucks, treatment sucks, having a liver transplant was really hard but despite what I can't control this is something that I can do," said Protasio.
We never think cancer will drop in our laps, but during these 24 Hours of Booty, the riders take their laps to make sure cancer stays out of the fast lane.
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