Rider battles cancer and pedals for cause

Carolyn, who battled breast cancer this year, participated in a breast cancer awareness race.

Returning home from the hospital after battling breast cancer left Carolyn Milano deeply grateful, and reflective of others who don’t have a place to call home. 

Shortly after a series of surgeries and treatments, Milano decided to join Team Samaritan House for a six-day bicycle tour to raise funds for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. 

“Each time I came home from the hospital I came back to a place that I call home … a beautiful place which included all my loved ones … It’s easy to forget that there are some that don’t have a place to call home,” Milano wrote. “My motivation for this ride is, has been, and will be, knowing the difference we can make in the lives of those less fortunate.” 

Milano, who met some team members during last year’s Ride the Rockies tour in Colorado, was struck by their dedication and drive to help the homeless. She joins this year’s Team Samaritan House riders who are pedaling some 418 miles starting June 9 through the Rocky Mountains. 

Together they are fundraising to reach their goal of $250,000 to help provide clothing, shelter and a fresh start for residents at Catholic Charities shelters: Samaritan House in downtown Denver, Samaritan House Women’s Shelter in northeast Denver, Guadalupe Community Center in Greeley, and The Mission in Fort Collins. 

After she was diagnosed with cancer in January and had a double mastectomy in March, Milano made her decision to join the team. Now cancer free and grateful for friends and family’s love and support, she said she is determined to dedicate her ride to others. 

“It surely makes you think and brings me back to how I want to live my life …,” Milano wrote, adding that she’s received many blessings in her life.  “(I may) not be as strong or as trained or conditioned as I’ve ridden in the past, but nonetheless, mentally and emotionally, I know I just can’t be beat,” she said. 

Carolyn Milano during last year's Ride the Rockies.
Carolyn Milano during last year's Ride the Rockies.

Team Samaritan House hits the road 

Team Samaritan House is making its way from Breckenridge to Winter Park during the annual Ride the Rockies bicycle tour June 9-15. The riders, who make up the largest team in Ride the Rockies, dedicate their 418-mile tour to making a difference in the lives of men, women and families facing homelessness. 

The riders’ goal is to raise more than $250,000 in donations to provide meals, warm beds and programs to help residents with life skills and a path to new beginnings. 

Support the riders by visiting TeamSamaritanHouse.com 


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