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.

World Champion & Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall Joins the MSU Gran Fondo!

World Champion & Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall Joins the MSU Gran Fondo!

Ride with gold medalist and cancer survivor on June 22
Sponsored by Advantage Benefits Group

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Photo by Zach Walbridge

World Champion skier and cancer survivor Kikkan Randall is coming to Grand Rapids for MSU Gran Fondo 7!

At the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018, Kikkan made history winning gold in cross-country skiing. Just three months later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite a grueling treatment of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, Kikkan remained very active – running, cycling, weight lifting, hiking and more. She finished treatment earlier this year.

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Photo by Lukas Campbell

Kikkan is the president of Fast and Female USA and brand ambassador for L.L. Bean and AKTIV Against Cancer.

Meet the World Champion athlete who fought for the gold, then fought for her life.

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Photo courtesy of L.L. Bean

Kikkan is joined by another special guest at MSU Gran Fondo 7. Five-time Tour de France veteran and NBC Sports cycling commentator Christian Vande Velde will also ride MSU Gran Fondo 7.  

Autographs at the MSU Gran Fondo Expo
June 21, Afternoon (time to be announced) 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 at MSU Gran Fondo 7
Sign up before the price increases on May 1

 

Ride with Christian Vande Velde at the MSU Gran Fondo!

Join cycling legend Christian Vande Velde at the starting line on June 22
Sponsored by Bissell

Christian Vande Velde

Five-time Tour de France veteran and NBC Sports cycling commentator Christian Vande Velde is coming to Grand Rapids for MSU Gran Fondo 7!

Christian wore the white jersey in the 1999 Tour de France as the Best Young Rider. During his impressive career, he rode on the team that won two yellow jerseys and he finished 4th in 2008. Vande Velde is also a two-time Olympian.

Christian Vande Velde

Get insights from the peloton before Christian heads to France to cover this year’s Tour.

Autographs at the MSU Gran Fondo ExpoChristian Vande Velde
June 21, Afternoon (time to be announced) at 20 Monroe Live

High-Carb Dinner with Christian
June 21, 7-9 PM at 20 Monroe Live
Dinner is invitation only for participants who reach the $250 fundraising level

Ride with Christian at MSU Gran Fondo 7
Sign up before the price increases on May 1