Who Is Riding: Lisa Rivera, Team UCSD Triton Commuters

Lisa and friends

“Cancer has affected me in many ways. I watched many of my close friends struggle with a parent who had cancer, some of who didn’t survive. It was difficult as a young child and at some point I realized just how prevalent cancer has become in our society.”

A rising sophomore at UCSD, Lisa Rivera plans on being a researcher or doctor, inspired in part by her experiences with cancer. Recently her best friend, at only 20 years old, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “It was terrible to watch her go through surgery and chemo but I am glad to say that just today she announced she is in remission.”

So many people have been affected by cancer and I think they are more than willing to help you out.

Inspired by her best friend and drawing from her experiences as a child, Lisa is now channeling her passion to fight cancer into Pedal the Cause. “When I first heard about it, I was inspired to join because I thought it was an admirable cause. I liked that the donations stayed local and with establishments that have close ties to UCSD.”

Lisa and her dog, OliverLisa hasn’t ridden a bike in years and has never participated in a cycling event before, but she is looking forward to the challenge. “I’m excited to do something I’ve never done. I wish I was crazy enough to do the two-day ride but right now I’m going to stick with the ten mile!”

Fundraising is also something new for Lisa, but she is working at it little by little. Through her efforts so far, Lisa says that people are very willing to give once they understand the goal. “I would say the best technique is just to ask! The worst someone can do is say no. So many people have been affected by cancer and I think they are more than willing to help you out.”

Lisa knows that cancer is hard for everyone, patients and their loved ones, and that’s what drives her. “I don’t want anyone else to suffer from cancer. As an individual, there is so much that I can do to help stop cancer. Pedal the Cause has been a great opportunity for me to reach out to the community and try to get others involved.Lisa and more friends

“I look forward to meeting great people who share the same concerns as I do about ending cancer. Cancer is a fight that no one should have to go through and that’s why I decided to do Pedal the Cause.”



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