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Featured Volunteer: Kerri Stump

Featured Volunteer: Kerri Stump

Pelotonia Volunteers

Pelotonia: Why did you start Volunteering for Pelotonia?

Kerri Stump: I started volunteering for Pelotonia because I had several close friends and family members who had battled cancer, and I liked the fact that 100% percent of donations go directly toward cancer research.

P: How many years have you Volunteered and what keeps bringing you back?

KS: I started volunteering in 2009.  The first year my husband, daughter, and I drove over two hours to Ohio University to volunteer, then we drove to Columbus for a couple of years.  Surprisingly, Pelotonia then moved north and has a stop in my hometown of Fredericktown which made it much more convenient to volunteer.

P: Do you have a favorite memory throughout the year?

KS: I have recruited a group of close-knit friends that help each year at the Fredericktown stop at FC Bank.  Our team cuts the crust off of the edges of the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  We often have riders comment that we are their favorite stop due to this extra special touch!

Pelotonia Volunteers

P: Have you been impacted by cancer and if so, how?

KS: Last June, 13 days before my daughter’s wedding in Breckenridge, Colorado, I got a call from my gynecologist’s office that my mammogram had a suspicious spot.  Before I left for the wedding, I knew that I had at least one cancerous tumor—the day I returned, I learned that I also had a tumor in the other breast.  This led to a double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction.  Thankfully, I was stage 1 and didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.  I was unable to volunteer at Pelotonia last year since my surgery was August 1, but I was able to make an appearance and say hello to the other volunteers.  I’m looking forward to helping again this year—cancer free!

P: Anything that you were surprised about with Pelotonia?

KS: I’m surprised at how relatively few people in my hometown are still unaware of Pelotonia.  I use every opportunity to educate our community members about this important event.

P: What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering but hadn’t decided yet?

KS: I would tell them to just do it!  It requires so little of your time, you get to work alongside great volunteers, and the riders are really appreciative of all you do.

P: Have you volunteered at different locations each year or the same place each year?

KS: Ohio University (1 year); Chemical Abstracts (2 years); Fredericktown (every year since it came to Fredericktown with the exception of last year).

P: Do you volunteer with other family members or friends?

KS: Yes, my husband and daughter volunteered with me the first three years.  My husband still helps out, and many of my friends have helped every year at the Fredericktown stop.

P: Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience with Pelotonia and Volunteering?

KS: I would like to encourage everyone to help out in any way that they can—whether it is riding, donating to a rider, or volunteering your time.  It’s time that we find a cure for cancer!

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