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Interview with Amanda Melillo of Ovarian Cycle Washington DC Ready. Set. Ride!

Interview with Amanda Melillo of Ovarian Cycle Washington DC Ready. Set. Ride!

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 12:41pm
Photo from an Ovarian Cancer Ride in Tampa. Photo provided by Amanda Melillo.

Next month (October 26th) Revolve DC will host Ovarian Cycle Washington DC Ready. Set. Ride!, an indoor cycling event to raise money for Ovarian Cancer research.

Rider recruitment coordinator, Amanda Melillo, was kind enough to answer some questions about the event and her personal connection to the cause.

How did you get involved with the cause? What role are you playing in the Ovarian Cycle Washington DC Ready. Set. Ride!

I lost my Mother to Ovarian Cancer in 2004, just about 4 years after she was diagnosed with the disease. Like so many others, her disease went undetected until it had spread. At this late stage, ovarian cancer is difficult to treat and is often fatal. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary. When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. Since my Mom was diagnosed I have been supporting research to help with early detection. I was thrilled to find out the Ovarian Cycle event was coming to the DC area and join the organizing committee. My role on the committee is the rider recruitment coordinator, which is just what it sounds like. I help to get riders to register, engage the community and provide participants with the latest on the event.

Tell us about the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and its mission. How does the upcoming event contribute?

The mission of the OCRF is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cycle DC will help raise funds that will eventually fund investigators research, including areas of developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. The OCRF has organized this event in a number of cities, however, this is a first time event in the DC region.

Amanda Melillo. Photo provided by Amanda Melillo.

Tell us about the riding aspect of the event. What will it entail? Who will be leading the classes?

The Ovarian Cycle Washington DC Ready. Set. Ride!™ is a 2-hour indoor cycling event will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Revolve in Arlington, VA (1025 North Fillmore Street). Registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and gift bag, and refreshments. Other than a great workout and raising money for an important cause, the top fundraisers will also receive specialty goody bags. There will also be a raffle (all participants will be entered) for other great prizes throughout the event. The event will be led by 2 great Revolve instructors, Angel Stone and Francina Segbefia.

Participants who register for the full 2 hour ride are required to raise a fundraising minimum of $500. Riders can "share" a bike if they would like. Each rider needs to register separately for the 1-hour ride option. The fundraising minimum for the 1 hour ride is $300. Once registered, participants will be given a fundraising page to personalize and use the tools to help them fundraise.

How can folks get involved?

They can register today! Bikes are filling up quickly. Check out the details for the ride and register here: Link to registration.

Is there a way to contribute if someone can't participate in the actual event?

Yes! Other than just donating to another rider, anyone interested in fundraising can register as a "virtual rider" and raise money for the cause, if they can't make it to the event. There is no minimum fundraising requirement or registration fee for virtual riders.

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