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Help Mike raise money

For participating in MSU Gran Fondo

Fighting Skin Cancer on Two Wheels

I am a skin cancer survivor and bicycling enthusiast, and this has become an annual event for me and my family.  With your help, I've raised over $5000 for skin cancer awareness, prevention, and research over the years. 

This year, I'm setting a goal of $2000.  Anything you can give, whether it is $1 or $10 or $50 or more is genuinely appreciated.  See below for several skin cancer research highlights from funds raised from this ride.     

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Most of us have known people who have personally fought the battle against cancer. Through modern treatments and much grace, some have survived. Others have not. The MSU Gran Fondo is my opportunity to get some skin in the game and provide hope for nearly 70,000 people in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with melanomas of the skin this year.

Funds raised from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo support skin cancer awareness, prevention and research at MSU. These dollars are funding pilot studies – investigative, next-step research that tests findings and enables a scientific study to continue.

The MSU Gran Fondo has raised over $1 Million and funded studies leading to some exciting breakthroughs in the fight against skin cancer. Click through the articles below to learn more.

New drug combos may prevent resistance to melanoma treatments
Groundbreaking research funded by cyclists
MSU Gran Fondo funds promising skin cancer studies
Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent
Keeping skin cancer at bay

This September, the streets of West Michigan will be paved with good intentions. And here’s where I need your help. I’ve made a commitment to make the MSU Gran Fondo much more than a ride. My hope is that you will join me in supporting a mission that is more than skin deep. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to support skin cancer awareness, prevention and research at MSU. Together we can make a difference. Thank you!


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Sep 15 Diane & Jim Looking forward to riding as part the team! GoHoekGo! $54.10
Sep 15 Peggy Helsel Good luck Mike and Henry! $54.10
Sep 15 Mark & Heather Hoekstra Thank You! Stay safe and ride strong! $107.35
Sep 15 Jena & Mike Kehoe Enjoy! Undisclosed amount
Sep 14 Andy Bitner $50.00
Sep 13 Doug & Vickie Hoekstra Proud of you Mike! $27.48
Jul 09 Ashton and Greg Johnson Good luck, Mike! Undisclosed amount
Jul 08 GP Strategies $54.10
Jul 08 John Plusquellec Go get’em, Mike!! $107.35
Jul 07 Larry Panetta Best of luck Mike and thank you for your efforts! Ride well!! $54.10