When bikers take to the roads for the 2012 Arkansas Ride for the Cure on July 28, they will ride in honor of Heather Boone Rohlfing of Jonesboro.
The one-year cancer survivor will be recognized at a ceremony immediately preceding the start of the ride at 8 a.m. on July 28 at the St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute. Proceeds from the event, the fourth annual Arkansas Ride for the Cure, will benefit the Arkansas Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Rohlfing was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.
Her experience was a little different than that of many women, because only six months before the cancer was detected in her right breast, radiologists had found a lump in her left breast, though additional studies determined it was not a malignancy. “That gave me six months to accept the fact that something could be wrong. A lot of women just don’t have the opportunity I had,” Rohlfing said, noting the six-month window helped her put things into perspective. “Most people don’t have time to accept that” when they are diagnosed.
“I’m a realist,” the Las Vegas native stresses. “Women just know when something’s not right – call it women’s intuition – but you just know. So when Dee Collins (breast care navigator at St. Bernards Imaging Center) told me the radiologists had found a very small spot in my right breast, I just immediately said, let’s figure out what we need to do.”
The St. Bernards breastcare team developed a care plan for Rohlfing that included surgery – a lumpectomy – followed by chemo and radiation therapy.
She’s a year out now, and got a clean bill of health this spring. “This disease changes you – not just your body – but your outlook on everything.”
When this year’s cyclists hit the road for the Arkansas Ride for the Cure, Rohlfing’s husband, Tommy, will be among what planners expect to be several hundred serious riders taking part in either the 20-mile or the 50-mile route that will start and end at the St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute.
The Ride for the Cure is sponsored by Gearhead Outfitters, Healthcare Medical Group (HMG), St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute, St. Bernards Sports Medicine, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and True Visionary Marketing.