My name is Torrey Horness and I have, under my own free will, signed up for a couple mountain bike races which will test me both mentally and physically. The two races include Lumberjack 100, a three lap race taking place in Wellston, Michigan and the Marji Gesick 100, a point to point race taking place in Marquette County, Michigan. Both of these races are considered ultra-endurance races, taking many hours to complete. I have been training and preparing for both of these events since late 2018.

I got an idea along the way of turning these events of suffering into an opportunity to raise money for a wonderful cause; Beat Nb. I chose to support Beat Nb because I am continually inspired by the families affected by this horrible diagnosis and the people working towards finding a cure. As a research specialist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital within the Beat Childhood Cancer program, I observe first-hand the bravery the affected families display. I also observe the dedication from the people I work alongside that persevere through, unfortunately, often poor outcomes of our patient’s. The patient, family members, hospital personnel and researchers all form a team in this terrible fight. Please make the choice today to donate and help us continue to fight for a cure. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Beat Nb is an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research, specifically neuroblastoma, which is among the most common of childhood tumors and typically affects kids under five years old. Due to the general symptoms, neuroblastoma is not usually diagnosed until the tumor grows to the point of causing often severe symptoms. The majority of neuroblastoma cases are aggressive, showing survival rates of less than 60% with standard chemotherapy and close to 50% relapse rate. Every year Beat Nb aids in driving neuroblastoma research through raising money and increasing awareness, helping to find new treatments and change the story for families affected by this horrible diagnoses.

What can you do you ask? Donate! Each year Beat Nb presents a check to the Beat Childhood Cancer program, located at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The reason is simple, only 4% of the national cancer budget goes to study pediatric cancer. With such a large shortfall, individual groups like Beat Nb, help to narrow the gap in funding.