Advanced cancer was the last thing on Rob Winter’s mind he was diagnosed three years ago with stage 4B colorectal cancer metastasized to his liver and lungs. The 43-year-old Longmont resident is a husband and father of three, an avid cyclist, and also happens to serve as director of information security at Boulder Community Health.

Since diagnosis, Winter has been through an astounding 72 rounds of chemotherapy—while logging a perhaps more astounding 16,000-plus miles on his bike—and continues to maintain a positive outlook.

“I couldn't have done it without the amazing care I receive at the BCH Center of Integrative Care (CIC),” he recently said. “Utilizing their massage and acupuncture services during my journey with cancer, my body has remained strong.” In fact, `strong’ a bit of an understatement: Winters admits he even placed 7th out of 17 in an age-group bike race.

In turn, the BCH Center of Integrative Care could not do its transformative work of providing evidence-based holistic therapies to cancer patients and cancer survivors, family members and caregivers without funds raised by the B Strong Ride, which takes place this year on August 11 in Boulder. (The race also benefits the George Karl Foundation.)

Be an angel and register to volunteer, ride or donate, click here.

For more information on CIC’s wonderful work, click here.

Top photo caption:
Not just another bike ride: B Strong helps fund acupuncture, massage & other proven holistic therapies to patients undergoing cancer treatment, like BCH’s Rob Winters, shown here in last year’s race.

Bottom photo caption:
Above Ward, CO, at B Strong Ride rest stop: From left: Wonderful BCH nurse Ann McCauley's daughter Avery; Ann McCauley; JoAnn Keefer, a retired BCH oncology nurse who now works at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center - Boulder; Rob Winter; and Valerie Eipper, whom Winter calls “a friend and teammate whose family has been afflicted by cancer too many times.”