Sears Blue Time Machine: Ride Sally Ride

Bike 1Picture this: A vintage blue 1960s bike – single gear with coaster brakes only – decked out in safety lights, a front basket, and a bike bell with a Bambi illustration on top. That is the “Sears Blue Time Machine.” And Terrie Fielden-Barry rode it at the MSU Grand Fondo 6 – where she finished in the top third of the 25-mile ride!

“The bicycle was given to me by my parents when I was probably 10-12 years old. It is a Sears coaster-brake, single-geared ‘machine’ that I lovingly called the ‘Sears Blue Time Machine’ because I felt like a kid again when I rode it” says Terrie. The only modifications Terrie made to this 50-year-old bike were swapping out the seat for one more comfortable and replacing a blown inner-tube – otherwise, it was all original equipment.

But Terrie’s involvement in the Gran Fondo goes beyond her bike. Terrie rides for her mother, Sally – whose diagnosis with cancer was anything but traditional.

In December 2000, after experiencing atypical pap smears for nearly 10 years, Sally was advised to have her cervix removed for safety precautions. But tragically, she experienced post-surgical complications that eventually took her life. After her passing, her tissue samples were sent for evaluation. It was discovered that Sally had metastatic melanoma on her cervix and she was diagnosed with Primary Ocular Melanoma post-mortem. “This is an incredibly form of rare cancer” says Terrie, “only recently have cells (groups of women having ocular melanoma with metastatic disease) been discovered nationally.”

To honor her mother’s memory and battle with cancer, Terrie and her husband, Henry Barry, named their Grand Fondo 6 team “Ride Sally Ride.”

Terrie and her new bikeAnd Terrie is coming back to ride with us and honor her mother in Gran Fondo 7! But this time, she will be retiring the Sears Blue Time Machine for her new bike, a 27-speed Fuji Absolute with 3 x 9 gears. “I’ve not yet come up with a catchy name for my new bike. I’m toying with various titles that include the color of the new bike, my maiden name and/or speedy phrases” says Terrie. 

To date, Terrie has reached her fundraising goal for Fondo 7 through the help of her amazing personal donor team of 12 members. “Without them, the ride would not be nearly as meaningful,” she says. “I have pledged to train at least 50 hours on the bike. So far, I’ve ridden over 360 miles/33 hours. Again, this year, I will carry a card with each of my donor’s names, so they can be with me at the finishing line!”

Join the fight against skin cancer on June 22! You can sign up to ride, volunteer or donate at msugranfondo.com.

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Two Time Skin Cancer Survivor: Raising her Voice for Awareness

The first emotion Teri Alger felt after being diagnosed with skin cancer was fear. Fear for her two young daughters. Fear of the future. And fear of the unknown. But soon after, her faith took over. She went to regular check-ups, had hope for the best and used her voice to spread awareness.Teri Alger_Photo

In 1979 Teri was on vacation with her family when her sister-in-law, a registered nurse, noticed an abnormal mole on Teri’s thigh. She advised her to get it checked out as soon as possible. A few months later, Teri ran into a friend who shared that he had recently underwent a radical mastectomy due to a malignant mole. Remembering the mole her sister-in-law had pointed out, Teri sought a professional opinion the very next day.

Within two days, she was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma.

Her treatment moved fast – surgery by the end of the week, placement with a team of cancer and oncology specialists and a round of chemotherapy. In the end, Teri was cancer-free! And she remained cancer-free until 2009, when a stage 2 mole was located on her back. Fortunately, the mole was surgically removed and there was no need for other treatments.

Since her diagnosis, Teri has remained an advocate for skin cancer by sharing her own story and educating others. She has also been a loyal volunteer at the Gran Fondo since 2015!

“This is the type of event I dreamed about being part of since 1979. It is an amazing way to spread awareness for all types of skin cancer,” said Teri. “I feel blessed that I can provide not only a ‘success story’ for the event but also help the day of the ride.”

How can YOU help spread skin cancer awareness? Teri suggests working the MSU Gran Fondo. “It is fun, informational, and a blast to root for cyclists or hand out water DSC_1943 - volunteersto them along the way. It is literally for everyone. Skin cancer is a concern that has no boundaries.”

But she also suggests doing your research to educate yourself about the disease – because you never know when you could end up saving someone’s life by sharing this important information. 

Join the fight against skin cancer on June 22! You can sign up to ride, volunteer or donate at msugranfondo.com.

7 Reasons to Ride #MSUGranFondo7

Wondering what’s new in 2019? Read on…

#1 – Ride with a cycling legend and a gold medalist

2019 Special Guests

Tour de France veteran and NBC Sports commentator Christian Vande Velde and gold medalist Kikkan Randall are joining MSU Gran Fondo 7!

  • Autographs at the MSU Gran Fondo Expo
    June 21, afternoon at 20 Monroe Live
  • High-Carb Dinner with special guests Kikkan Randall & Christian Vande Velde
    June 21, 7-9 PM at 20 Monroe Live
    Dinner is invitation only for participants who reach the $250 fundraising level
  • Ride with Kikkan and Christian at MSU Gran Fondo 7
    See if you can keep up with these two. If not, catch them at the Finish Line Festival!

#2 – Experience the new MSU Gran Fondo Expo & Packet Pickup

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Friday, June 21, 11-6 PM at 20 Monroe Live

This year’s Packet Pickup is now part of the new MSU Gran Fondo Expo!  Join us for vendor booths, merchandise and demos as well autographs with Christian Vande Velde and Kikkan Randall.

#3 – Celebrate at the Finish Line Festival with a cold glass of Fondo Fever, the special New Holland brew.

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Cheers to the MSU Gran Fondo! Official Beer Sponsor New Holland brewed up something special just for the big ride! The Fondo Fever, an English Pale Ale, will be served at the Finish Line!

Can’t wait to try it? Stop by The Knickerbocker any time in May to get a glass of Fondo Fever!

#4 – Be part of the cycling movement that has raised more than $1M for skin cancer research!

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More than $1M has been raised to fund groundbreaking discoveries and give hope to 70,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed with skin cancer each year! 100% of donations go directly to MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research!

#5 – The YMCA Family Ride offers Fondo fun for cyclists of all ages.

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Get the whole family into cycling! Kids ride free with adult registration, so sign up to ride the scenic 10-12 mile course and enjoy kid-friendly activities, trinkets and gourmet snacks at the YMCA Family Ride rest stop. Then, enjoy the Finish Line Festival with food, live music and more!

#6 – Weekly Winning Wednesday giveaways for new registrants and fundraisers.

WWEvery week until mid-June, registered MSU Gran Fondo participants have the chance to win a great prizes! You’re automatically entered for that week’s drawing when you sign up to ride. Earn bonus entries can be earned for every $50 fundraising mark you meet.

Prizes are announced on our website as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#7 – Exclusive fundraising incentives and experiences

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Among this year’s fundraising incentives is an exclusive opportunity to attend the High-Carb Dinner with special Gran Fondo guests Kikkan Randall and Christian Vande Velde.

Other great incentives include a bike lock, commemorative jersey, cycling vest and more!

Every single dollar you raise supports MSU’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. While you help us pave the way for important research, you can earn commemorative gear and participation in exclusive experiences before and after the ride.

Click here to register before the price increases