Matt Beck-Harrisburg, S.D. (2018)

Matt is a young father of Adelyn, and husband to Laramie. They had been married for 4 years when Matt started experience pain in his hip. After seeing a chiropractor and seeing no relief he was sent on to a physical therapist, but the pain kept getting worse. After getting an X-ray taken, Matt was diagnosed with a broken hip. When they admitted him to the hospital they did further testing where they found out his hip bone was not broken, but that something was eating at it. He was eventually sent to Minneapolis where he underwent chemo as there was cancer found in his femur bone. When he finally able to go home he had to be admitted into a assisted living facility so that he could have the attention from a nursing staff because he could not put weight on his leg. Since being a recipient of the 1000.00 from Pedal FARR, he has had his leg completely amputated up to his ribs. This has been a huge life change for Matt and he is learning a new way to live. He is currently working towards riding in Pedal FARR 2020 with use of a hand bike. He is taking this challenge and making the most of it by connecting with other handicapped bikers.

We are going to be continually connecting with Matt to see how we can help in his journey to experiencing the lift that being on a bike offers! Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see how you can help Pedal FARR help Matt.

 

 

 

Brian Evers- Sioux Falls, S.D. (2018)

Brian Evers was nominated by Tanya Matzen as Brian was in his second round with Colon Cancer. The doctors say that after 5 years of check ups you should not have to worry about the cancer returning and Brian was looking forward to a clear check up. However, at 4 ½ years Brian was diagnosed with his second round of Colon Cancer. Brian, who was newly married took this as huge set back to him and his new wife Tina. When found, the Tumor had grown so large that it fractured his spine. Brian took chemo and radiation to shrink his tumor, but in the end it was not enough. During the whole process Brian stayed upbeat and vowed to make each treatment fun! To each round he would wear his Hawaiian shirt to help keep his attitude upbeat and show cancer it was not going to win. In 2018 Brian and his friends participated by all wearing Hawaiian shirts and riding from stop to stop. Brian drove to meet them, as he was too weak to ride.   When Pedal FARR contacted Brian to tell him that he had been nominated, and selected to receive the 1,000 check, he was in hospice. We spoke briefly and he talked about being at Pedal FARR and how awesome the ride is. Since that phone call, Brian has passed away. This year we will be honoring Brian at the “Share a Coke” stop. So please register, and ride in your Hawaiian shirts to honor him and his family! Make sure to stop to meet his family and hear his story!

Andy Diede-Scotland, S.D. (2018)

Andy, a father, husband, and son, is from the small South Dakota community of Scotland.  When Pedal FARR learned about Andy he had been battling Lung Cancer hard for a year. He had been traveling to Mayo for cancer treatments ranging from chemo to pills. Being from a small community our crew felt brought on additional challenges and we felt they could use the funds. The Diede’s are known in Scotland  as one of the most kind, loving, and friendly families there are. They were always positive, and deserved a helping hand to alleviate some of the challenges of cancer is what Wyatt Brown told us about them. Our crew just recently got an update on Andy and his scans continue to come back clean, but he is still traveling back and forth from Mayo to keep up with his treatment.

UPDATE: We recently learned that Andy has passed away.  We send our condolences to his family.

I Know Jack Foundation

Donation of  JACK BACKPACKS

The Jack Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 which is a non-profit inspired by our son Jack Hoeger.  At age 5 Jack was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.  There was no protocol for treating his cancer and also no survivors of this type of cancer. It was not easy, but Jack fought the cancer and beat it! It was hard on the Hoeger family and they had to rely on alot of people which was not easy.  Now that Jack is 18 and in remission they still believe in continuing the fight against cancer.  Jack has a saying.  “If you don’t fight cancer, you don’t know Jack,”  I KNOW JACK!!!  If you meet him he wants to see your fighting muscles, because the fight against cancer is not easy.  Jack has put together a backpack of things he believes people that get diagnosed with cancer need.  Through your participation and support to our event we were able to bring 10 of his Backpacks to our local community.  10 families diagnosed with cancer at the Avera and Sanford Hospitals were given this pack with a “Jack” explanation of each item he put in the bag. We look forward to continue to bring Jack to our community!

Deserae Honkamp- Sioux Falls, S.D. (2017)

1,000 Dollar Recipient

Deserae Honkamp is a single mother to 2 young boys. A few months after Deserae gave birth to her youngest son she was having concerns about a painful lump under her left arm near her breast. She said it had been there a while and was concerned it was Breast Cancer. She said she had done more research and started thinking it was just a clogged duct. After speaking with her doctor at her well baby check up they sent her to have a mammogram done, then an ultrasound and ultimately a biopsy that lead to her diagnosis of Melanoma. Deserae fought through chemo and radiation, and was one of our 2017 $1,000 recipients. Her battle continued and due to circumstances out of her control, the cancer progressed and took her life in February of 2020. We wanted to honor Deserae to help her kids, family and friends heal. We look forward to bringing her personality to our ride, so you too can know the kind of person she was and what she meant to people who knew her.

Tim Mills- Gregory, S.D.  (2019)

1,000 Dollar Recipient

Tim was diagnosed with a cancer that resided in his neck..Tim has battled cancer for many years with no financial help. He has been in and out of remission for years but now has stopped all treatment. Even while going through treatments and illness Tim went to work, driving 60 miles round trip every day. He and his family are battling heavy financial stress. He is an amazing person to his community and is always looking out for others. Due to his lack of financial support and the fact that his cancer is terminal we believed Tim deserved the help.

Jill Marks (2019)

1,000 Dollar Recipient

Jill is a previous cancer survivor from 2004, so she was no stranger to it what having cancer meant. In August of 2019 she was experiencing a painful lump, so her instincts told her she needed to schedule a mammogram. The mammogram came back as cancer and also showed that the cancer had entered her lymph nodes. With that diagnosis she has continued to have more issues that may cause her to have her ovaries removed. With the ovary removal, chemo, and radiation they gave her a 90% survival rate. Jill has very little help and due to her illness her mother has stepped in to be her caretaker.

John Rychtarik- Brookings, S.D. (2019)

1,000 Dollar Recipient

About 4 years ago, in 2016 John was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma. Joan, his wife, had noticed an unusual mole on the top of John’s head. She was able to convince him to go get it checked out by the doctor, who referred him to a dermatologist. After a PET Scan, it was discovered that John had 16 black spots that tested as positive for Stage 3 Melanoma. John battled the Melanoma and it went into remission. Eventually the cancer came back for a second time. This time it was one large brown spot. Again, John fought it and it went into remission. The cancer once again mutated and came back again, but this time as a soft lump. John has had a lot happen to him in terms of obstacles in his life. From the loss of a child, to an illness with his wife, John asks for very little, but always gives so much. He is always there for anyone that needs him, and he is a rock for his family. We send positive vibes to John on his healing and continued cancer fight.

Angie Plaine- Harrisburg, S.D. (2019)

1,000 Dollar Recipient

Angie Plaine, age 42, was a Science teacher at Harrisburg elementary for 8 years. In April of 2019 Angie decided to go to her doctor after having stomach pains for 5 weeks. Shortly after going to the doctor, on April 27th, Angie was diagnosed with a rare for of cancer called Neuroendocrine Cancer and given a grim diagnosis. She fought, however in early December of 2019 she passed away. Our condolences go out to her family. We support families even after the person has passed. Andrew Plaine received the funds on behalf of Angie.