Jen Cunningham Butler has participated in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, which is a bike riding event that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, for nearly a decade. She always admired the cancer survivors who lined the course, cheering on the riders. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which motivated her even more to fight the disease and help find a cure, The Boston Globe
Butler had the tumor removed from her breast, and after just six weeks of radiation treatment, she was back on a bike, riding in the challenge, raising money for cancer treatment and research.
"I'm doing this for you guys to pay it forward because I can do it," she said to the news source. "I'm still here."
Participating in the challenge means a lot to her and her family. Her mother was a member of Dana-Farber's advisory board and lost her battle with breast cancer in 2003.
This summer will mark her fifth year being cancer free, and she is riding with a number five on her back, which she plans on crossing out when she meets the finish line.