My Poppy had cancer and survived it. It must have been a very scary time so I wanted to make this arrow for him. The sun represents him having skin cancer. The palm tree represents that he lives in California. The book represents that Poppy and I love to read together. The heart represents that he is very loving.—Morgan G.
I ride for all those who can't. I ride to beat and end cancer. I ride for ONE GOAL! In the words of Lady Gaga, 'Put your paws up' and END CANCER!—Jennifer N.
My grandmother was very inspirational in my life. Her family at the time struggled to get to the US from Italy in the early 1900's, passing through Ellis Island to sign on as a US Citizen as many immigrants did at that time. My grandmother passed in 2010 at 96, after having survived breast cancer a few years prior. I am now carrying on her legacy as a member of strong ancestry within the Columbus Italian Club (CIC). My arrow represents the strong will of my grandmother and those members within the Italian ancestral community that have battled Cancer. Thus I have taken the Arrow and imbedded within the Italian Flag. I believe the representation of this Arrow to the CIC will gain many supporters.—David B.
I had the privilege of riding my first Pelotonia in 2018. It inspired me as an artist, a teacher, and a person in general. I rode in honor of both my mother-in-law who has beaten cancer 13 times, and my father-in-law who sadly lost his battle with lung cancer in 2013.
When I began riding consistently, my motivation was threefold: To wonder at the awesome beauty of nature, to engage myself in deep and meaningful prayer, and to improve my fitness. I believe the three separate lines that make up the arrow reflect those motivations. The convergence that forms the arrow is an indicator of a new purpose that encompasses the others; to defeat cancer.—Kim D.
My story is about breast cancer and I did this to show that women are strong and that the survivors of this disease should be appreciated for their strength. —Lyla
People with a disease or cancer are very happy people Also, they are strong, loving, awesome, brave, and smart. I would love to find a cure!—Kenzie M
A superhero named 'Cancer Medicine Guy' helps all the people with cancer survive.
I just like to ride and believe ending cancer is a super great goal and cause. Amazed to see what Pelotonia has done for the community, for health, and for cycling too!—Dennis G.
This photo represents life at its best—a storybook beginning: a childhood full of pure joy, love, happiness, and innocence. I am in the playhouse that my father built for my sister and I from scratch, complete with french doors, electricity, carpeting, and tripled pained windows. Life was simple, carefree, and fun! I was delightfully oblivious to anything but an idyllic life. That would change when I turned twelve and found my father had fallen gravely ill; that night his flu was determined instead to be kidney cancer. Dad would live with cancer for eight more years. He would endure 17 operations. He would lose an eye to a brain tumor. He would continue to play tennis and drive a car, looking handsome and dapper with his black patch. He would be told he would never walk again. He would! He was told that he was terminal from the day of the diagnosis. He defied the odds over and over again. He smiled throughout it and engaged in friendly conversations whenever given the opportunity. He tried all of the experimental treatments. He marveled at his physicians and their expertise. (He would have been blow away by the impact of Pelotonia!) My mom was a rock(still is!) and my brothers and sisters were my heroes (still are!).
I now have my won family and I strive to be for them what my father was for me. I learned from him the importance of positivity. I learned about strength and the immense power of the human mind. The love he showed and the faith he demonstrated still resonate. I learned more from my father in twenty years than some might learn in a lifetime. That beautiful playhouse, that structure, will forever represent the amazing foundation that my father built for my family and I.
This story was not scripted by my parents. They could never known where life would take them. While I long for the naiveté of the child in this photo, I cannot change the story. However, I can do my best to carry on my dad's legacy —my family's legacy. Pelotonia has provided me with an outlet to channel all of the grief that comes with losing my father at the age of 20. I am thankful for each and every Pelotonia participant and cannot possibly articulate my gratitude strongly enough. The Pelotonia arrow has become a treasured symbol full of joy, love, happiness, strength, courage, and belief. Thank you for being the manifestation of the best human qualities! Thank you, Daddy, for building us that sturdy playhouse.—Susanne K.
Lovingly Submitted—Steph S.
My arrow represents some of the emails I have received in regards to someone losing a loved one(s) from cancer. This is a constant reminder of the work that is left for us to do but also a reminder of the impact Pelotonia is making on this community. I included the ten Pelotonia arrows from each year which reminds me of the money we have raised towards cancer research and the lives we have saved.—Janelle G.
Hamilton Parker has a small but mighty Peloton going into it's third year. We are a distributor of building supplies including tile! This arrow is made from green 4x4 ceramic tile!—Hamilton Parker
Each of the seven years I’ve pushed the pedals in Pelotonia, I’ve done so after pushing myself for a couple hundred miles in the High Sierra. Backpacking, bleeding, soul-searching, getting lost, being found, breathing deep, building myself, building friendships, and building memories. I lead trips and expeditions for Ohio State—both here in the U.S., and abroad; I have yet to find a place as inspiring, dark, mysterious, and haunting as this stretch of land. In many ways, a trek through the High Sierra is much like a ride in Pelotonia; it will challenge you, make you cry, tear you down, build you back up, and wash you clean in ways that simply must be experienced to understand. It will humble you, push you past your limits, and break into your soul. It’s impossible to forget the High Sierra, just as it’s impossible to not remember the cowbells, the posters of loved-ones fought for and loved-ones lost, the cheers to get you up a hill, the finish lines, and THE ONE GOAL of Pelotonia. The photo within my arrow is a shot from last year (2018).—Tyler Y.
The story of the arrow I created is inspired by the imprints that a bike wheel makes. A Pelotonia ride begins and ends on a bike. Every bike and the imprint that its wheels leave on the asphalt tells its own story. Just as those individuals, their families, a community that has been impacted by cancer in some magnitude, every journey is different. The arrow I've created is a storyteller that shows that together in unison, we will push ourselves forward to find a cure, and we won't stop until we do. The more imprints we leave, the more grounds we cover... the more our journey is captured, and the bigger impact we have.—Rafael F.
This will be my 8th year participating in Pelotonia. What started as a way for me to cope with my own diagnosis in 2012 quickly turned into a lifestyle. When I reflect back on the past eight years and I think about the experiences I have had, the people I have met, as well as the significance of all my ride weekends, I am full of pride. The words in my arrow are words I have used to describe the power that is Pelotonia—from the people that make up this team to the raw emotion this cause generates. This truly is the GREATEST TEAM EVER.—Shannon R.
Everything that comes to mind when I think of my Pelotonia experiences over the years.—Toni C
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I did everything I thought I could do to support him 100% by going to the doctor appointments, chemo, taking off work to care for him after surgeries and other procedures. I felt like there had to be more I could do and thats when I found Pelotonia. To be involved in fundraising knowing 100% of the money was going for research and benefiting so many people, I knew I found what was missing. I'm an advocate for Pelotonia and happy to know I recruited people that are now getting involved in such a worthy cause. I feel like we are all together in this no matter what type of cancer they or their loved ons are going through. We all have ONE GOAL—END CANCER.—Nancy F.
My arrow is called 'VEINS.' I named it this way because I was designing the cells of the body and as I was looking at my hand, I was drawing my veins. The cells are the circles and they fight cancer!—Clara U.
This arrow contains strands of DNA representing both the research aspect of Pelotonia using DNA to find a cure, as well as the future lives being saved, creating more family lineages therefore more DNA.—Rachel M.
Behind these colored ribbons are the many faces of those who we ride for. Each ribbon represents a specific cancer that hopefully, one day, will no longer exist. I ride in honor of my friends who are survivors and those who have passed as well as all of the countless others fighting for their lives.—Christine B.
Team Pau Hana rides for hope. This summer the Pau Hana Swim Team will be hosting the 5th Annual Jill Griesse Memorial Invitational on June 14-16, 2019. The meet is held in honor of Jill Griesse and her many contributions to swimming and the lives she touched through her coaching career and other activities. Jill passed in 2014 from pancreatic cancer.
This Invitational event has become so popular in the past 4 years that the team’s manageable size of 850 swimmers has been reached each year. Many who donate to our event do so not only in honor of Jill but also in honor of their family and friends who are battling or have passed from this dreadful disease.
One of the happiest times of Jill’s life was in 1968 when she founded and coached the Pau Hana Swim Club in Newark, Ohio following her own swim career during which she won both Senior and Junior National Synchronized Swimming Championships.
Jill wanted her team to have a unique name. The name Pau Hana means “your work is finished.” It is a Hawaiian phrase that her coaches would often use at the end of each practice. During her time as head coach for Pau Hana, Jill’s swimmers shared impressive success. Many of her athletes were nationally ranked in AAU swimming including number one rankings in the United States, top finishes in Europe and multiple top 10 rankings in the world. Her swimmers were State High School champions and multiple record holders throughout the United States. Many of her swimmers went on to swim in college and compete at the junior and senior national level.
She also served on the U.S. Olympic Swimming Committee for 18 years and travelled internationally with the Committee.
Jill was the recipient of countless awards, including her 1994 election to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, the 2007 Licking County Foundation Everett D. Reese Award, the 2011 Granville Good Scout Award, the 2013 Robbins Hunter Women’s Board Victoria Woodhull Woman of Distinction and the 2013 Central Ohio Technical College Legends of Loyalty Award.
Jill enriched the lives of each of her swimmers she encountered, inspiring them to try a little harder to achieve success. Considered by many a gifted planner, she dreamed up innovative ways to entertain, often fundraising for her favorite causes while sharing pure fun with her friends and family. She left the world a better and more beautiful place, and she was fortunate to be closely connected to cherished friends and family such that her passing was a gentle loss.
We are pleased to host this meet in Jill’s honor and the legacy she left behind. We proudly have donated both in Jill’s memory as well as others who have lost their battle with cancer to the National Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation and also Pelotonia last year. To date we have donated over $23,000 and plan to continue our efforts with Pelotonia with ONE GOAL…END cancer. —Team Pau Hana
The story of my arrow is the representation of fun, joy, party, and life! The arrow is built from bright green candies and small party trinkets all found at a party supply store. I simply wanted to make people smile and evoke happiness. I had so much fun collaborating with my photographer friend, Katherine. We are both employees at The Ohio State University Office of Student Life Marketing. —Sarah S.
I ride for my mom Rachel (1954-2016). I recently heard someone use a hummingbird as a metaphor for a creative being—constantly buzzing, cross pollinating, aerating, making things fresh. A hummingbird is humble and faithfully follows their path without knowing exactly where that path will take them. Since my mom passed away three years ago after more than two decades of fighting ovarian cancer, my family and I have used a hummingbird as a symbol for her energy. How fitting. Each time I see a hummingbird it feels like Mom's way of reminding me that I'm exactly where I need to be, in the present moment. What a gift. Thank you, Mom. 100% of donor dollars go directly to fund cancer research at The James, keeping hummingbirds like Mom spreading love and seeds of kindness everywhere. In the meantime, I just keep pedaling forward. What a gift. Thank you.—Kathryn S.
I have been riding in Pelotonia since 2001. I offered to let my two youngest kids, Emilie (8) and Nathanael (5) color this arrow for me.—Kent D.
Strength in unity.—Jacqui K.
I've had many loved ones affected. As have we all.—Trace H.
All four of my grandparents were diagnosed with cancer, and one of my grandpas died from the cancer. I remember our entire family crowding around him on his last day and wishing him goodbye. He should've lived for longer and enjoyed retirement. I know my other grandparents were battling cancer at the exact same time, and my family lived in fear of any of their deaths for a long time. The gray smoke represents the cigarettes my grandpa smoked that were an attributing factor to his cancer, and the Farkle is there because it was his favorite game. The scarf is sort of what my grandma wore when she had no hair. It was a scary and sad time, but I know I'm lucky to have three grandparents.—Sophia V.
This arrow is about the community coming together as a whole for a cause bigger than themselves.—Ethan F.
My aunt died of colon cancer. My arrow represents the ups and downs of cancer.—Gabrielle M.
My arrow is blue and glittery because my aunt had breast cancer and she loved blue and glitter.—Eliza
Beating all Cancers.—Max
My uncle served in the Vietnam war. He got many different cancers and passed away from them.—Ryann L.
As a company that provides shade systems for outdoor protection from harmful uv rays, it was an honor and fun to design our arrow from our fabrics.—Team LeVeque
My mom had breast cacer and she survived. It was when I was five and I was scared. It was a long, hard, and restless two years but she made it!—Marianne G.
My arrow tells about my grandma because she had breast cancer, but thankfully she won her battle and is still alive to tell the tale.—Matthew C.
I drew this because people ride 100 miles to raise money for cancer.—Mikey P.
A friend of mine is fighting a rare inflammatory breast cancer and it’s been hard to watch how much it affects everything and everyone. The women in our community are putting on several fundraising events to help raise funds to cover life expenses and medical bills while she moves through this terrible time. She has three young kids. I draw and doodle in all of my spare time and wanted to use that to offer some beauty into your campaign. My sister in law rides every year and has had multiple people in her family and life pass away because of cancer. I love what the Pelotonia campaigns aim to do. Eventually I would love to work in the non-profit sector and be able to help more! —Patricia L.
Just as no cancer is the same, neither is a fingerprint. The fingerprints on this arrow are from some of my family and friends all of whom have been affected by cancer in some way. We are all part of the Pelotonia Community. We are riders, volunteers, and donors doing what we can to help end cancer. My arrow is not my arrow but instead, 'our' arrow.—Pam K.
My brother, my niece and those others on my helmet were my driving force to finish each ride. Each year I continue to put these names on my helmet, and each year I have to add more. My Arrow is designed to put faces with those names. People that lost their fight, those who are survivors, and those currently fighting. These people are special, because their fight is my fight. Pelotonia is our way of giving others HOPE to be on that survivor list.—Rex F.
Every year I ride for my mother, who lost her life to liver cancer at age 56 in 1985. Many years ago she instilled in me the love of sewing. In 2012 I began making quilts to raffle or sell to fund my ride. This arrow includes fabric from each Pelotonia quilt I have made. It also includes fabric from the Pelotonia 2019 quilt.—Denise W.
For the community, Pelotonia represents a journey. A journey of discovery; a journey of survival; a journey of hope. Pelotonia also takes riders on a literal journey through communities bound together by the roots of one common goal.—Tim S.
These are the people I ride for. Cancer has taken several of them and I miss them dearly. The cat is my sister-in-law who said she was coming back as a cat in hat. The rest are lucky to be survivors and it is my hope that the research being helped by Pelotonia will keep them that way—and keep the rest of my loved ones safe and well. It is self-digitized and stitched as an appliqué on my embroidery machine.—Peggy S.
If you think cancer sucks, then donate ten bucks.—Nathan O.
I have lost three siblings, my sister-in-law and some very close friends to cancer. All, much too young. This daisy is representative of my sister's favorite flower. A few weeks before passing away, she courageously wrote a positive letter to the family with the final message to 'celebrate and take care of each other.' This daisy has been the constant reminder for all us to remember that life is short and we absolutely must celebrate and take care of each other.—Miguel P.
For eight years my husband Steve has participated in the Pelotonia Century Ride and I have been there at the start and finish line to cheer on all the riders who have One Goal: End Cancer! in 2019 my husband will again peddle the 100 miles, this year as a cancer survivor and I will again cheer on all of the riders, also as a cancer survivor. We are committed to continue to raise money through Pelotonia to support The James Cancer Center.—Kim F.
The story of my arrow lies with the people I see who are impacted every day by cancer. When I began to think of who was effected, I couldn't think of anyone who was NOT. Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Daughter, Son, Sister, Brother, Friend, Colleague, Niece, Nephew, Granddaughter, Grandson, Cousin... I know people in all of these categories who were effected in one way or another by cancer. My mom, my grandparents, my friends, my in-laws. My children were effected by my own battle. Each arrow represents a group of people impacted. There are too many.—Kelly S.
We are all different, so each squiggle is a different color than the ones around it, and we are also alike in some ways, so there are only squiggles.—Julia S.
I'm not an avid rider. I train for Pelotonia, complete the ride, tell myself I'm going to continue riding through the year, and never do. I think, maybe I'll be a volunteer or virtual rider or just continue to donate to several riders and pelotons... but then registration opens and I'm amped. I remember the reason I ride, the cause that impacts so many lives and I can't imagine not participating. The 'wheel' represents the commitment to the ride, to doing what I can, while I can. Each year of my ride, I've acknowledged the number of people close to me who have/have had cancer. My first ride, in 2014, the number was 19. As of today, the number has grown to 42—the number of wheels I used to make my arrow. I'd love for the number to stop growing but until it does, I'll continue to ride.—Jen B.
Every person on my arrow are people near and dear to my heart who have fought this ugly disease. Some have won, some have lost. Their names are written in the color that represents the type of cancer they fought. These are the people I ride for. I ride so I do not have to add any more names to my arrow.—Jamonah N.
My dad's grandfather died of cancer and always loved stars, so this is for him.—Francis M.
I'm 9 years old. My parents ride! My arrow is filled with bikes and arrows. My arrow is bright because it shows happy Pelotonia riders!—Evelyn F.
Pelotonia gives me hope. Hope that one day we will live in a world where cancer is a thing of the past.—Emily S.
My grandma died from breast cancer—Drew
I have participated as a Volunteer for Pelotonia for the past seven years (Ready for year eight woot woot!). Every year, I have volunteered as a photographer during the ride and I have seen so many moments and have heard so many stories shared. One that always stands out is how AMAZING the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are at all of the rest stops. You'd be surprised at something so small making such a large impact on these riders, but year after year you hear them talking about them. It shows that something small does make an impact just like Pelotonia itself. It started out small and has become this huge community and has made an impact on me and everyone involved. Half a jar of jelly, a quarter jar of peanut butter and multiple sandwiches later, I give you the PB&J Arrow.—Colleen O.
Navigator Management Partners is a management and information technology consulting firm headquartered in Columbus, OH. We have participated in Pelotonia for 10 years, raising over $338,000 to date. The “WE RIDE” arrow contains the faces of those Navigators that have ridden throughout the years. The word cloud arrow is a compilation of what Pelotonia means to us.—Navigator Management Partners
The story of my arrow is that cancer touches everyone, every part of your body, everything from the smallest cell to the largest organ. We are fighting for 'One Purpose, a Cure, From Head to Toe'. Every penny counts. From our smallest value of money to our largest donation received. One Purpose—A Cure for Cancer.—Barbara H.
I was scared for my grandpa when he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. Because of Pelotonia, we are raising money for the medicines that are still keeping grandpa alive today. So that is what motivates me today, to have one goal, and to meet it.—Avery J.
Pelotonia is my spirit animal!—Amy Grace U.
My grandpa had skin cancer and survived. The color for skin cancer is black.—Alexander D.
I am a 4+ year breast cancer survivor and art educator. I have participated in the event for two years with Team Simply Community, and feel a strong connection to the team and the mission. My arrow is designed with a Celtic symbol for 'Inner Strength.' The symbols connect and intertwine to create a beautiful patter and symbolize the need for us all to work together to fight this battle and find the cure. This ride is all about collaboration. The process is complex but beautiful when we connect and create bonds, friendships, and relationships alone the journey. We support each other to keep pushing, on the ride as well as the fight against cancer.—Rebecca K.
Pelotonia has always been rooted in a strong community.
We asked you, the Pelotonia community, to submit your arrows for inclusion in our 2019 marketing campaign. The following is a collection of those arrows, showcasing the many unique stories and triumphs of our diverse community.
Don’t see your arrow? Check back soon, as we’re adding arrows every week!