Most people do not understand that I am not “cured”. They don’t realize that I still live with a disease.”
– Kristy Larch, Wedgwood Resident
48-year old Kristy Larch is passionate about finding cures for cancer. She has two young children and to her, cancer is personal. The Matthews Beach woman was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, an advanced form of cancer, six years ago.
“For now my horrible cancer has been very amenable to treatments,” said Kristy. Her doctors tell her she’s cancer-free but Kristy lives with the constant fear it will return. “If that happens without my finding it first and having an effective treatment available, it might just win.”
This summer, Kristy plans to pedal 65-miles in Obliteride, an annual bike ride to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She rode last August and says Obliteride was an amazing experience. “Obliteride is incredibly meaningful and a lot of fun. It’s a movement and a community, not just a typical fund raiser.”
“I ride because there is no cure for most cancers and the researchers at Fred Hutch are working tirelessly to find the answers,” said Kristy. “I don’t want anyone else to have to die of cancer, especially with unfinished living to do.”