MOOERS Kelly Dixon of Mooers Forks is living proof that research does work. And because much of the nations medical research is made possible through donations and funding, she wants to return the favor.
You see, Dixon is a cancer survivor, thanks to stem cell research.
Married with two young sons, Dixon was 27 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. That was in 1998. After chemotherapy and radiation treatments proved unsuccessful, she had to resort to travelling to Boston for a stem cell transplant. That was in December of 1999 and at the time the procedure was still in the research phase, but with the strength of her family beside her, she has been in remission every since.
True survivor that she is, Dixon has teamed up with her sister, Karen to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Team in Training Century Ride in Nevada on June 3.
But she is not doing it for herself; shes doing it in memory of a cousin shes lost and the many others in the Town of Mooers that have a similar battle to fight.
Everybody knows at least five people who have had cancer, Dixon said matter-of-factly.
Both Dixon and Karen will be completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers, said her third sister and campaign manager, Kristine Mooso.
It is those people that are the real heroes on our team, and we are asking for your support to cross the ultimate finish line a cure!
As a rural mail carrier, Dixon does a lot of travelling, but the 100-mile ride around Lake Tahoe, with one 1000-foot and two 800-foot climbs in the mix will be no easy task given they will make the trip on their bicycles rather than by car.
Interestingly enough, the date of the ride comes nine years (almost to the exact day) from Kellys diagnosis.