Team Will is a community of cyclists of all skill levels and ages committed to raising public awareness and funds for childhood cancer research and family resources through a mixture of cycling activities and events. Team Will's mission focuses on providing a coherent, credible voice to educate society about childhood cancer. We achieve this by working with cycling communities and interested individuals.
In January 2004, just before his first birthday, William Keifer was diagnosed with a rare form of Childhood Cancer, Rhabdoid Tumor of the Kidney. Rhabdoid is an extremely lethal and aggressive cancer, with a survival rate of less than 25%. Although undergoing a series of treatments and therapies to combat the disease, the aggressive tumor metastasized to his brain, and after only five months, William lost his battle with cancer. In response to the tragedy of William's death, members of the Keifer family as well as those of his community wanted to do something positive, so in 2005 Team Will was born.
History of Success
Ride to Reach the Day 2006 was Team Will's first coast-to-coast bicycle event raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. This relay ride crossed 11 states and included connections at seven state capitols and 15 major cities with events, rallies and hospital visits along the route. Through Ride to Reach the Day 2006, Team Will raised over $60,000 for childhood cancer research, with donations made to CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Ride to Reach the Day 2008 was just as successful. Team Will crossed 13 states in 10 days and arrived in Washington DC to help successfully lobby for the passage of the Carolyn Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act which allocated $150 million towards childhood cancer research.
Go The Distance Documentary
In July of 2009, Timeline Media Productions release the award winning documentary “Go the Distance
” featuring Team Will's 2008 Ride to Reach the Day. Premiered at LIVESTRONG HQ in Austin, TX and praised by Doug Ulman (CEO/President of LIVESTRONG) as “POWERFUL”, “Go the Distance” was screened across the country and conveyed a clear message that “it's not okay to just sit back and let things happen when you can make a difference.”
Senate Resolution 1156
In August of 2009, The California Senate drafted a Resolution (Senate Resolution 1156) that supports the eradication of childhood cancer through Team Will's efforts to bring awareness and funding toward childhood cancer research and the support of the child's family.
Go The Distance 2010
Renamed “Go the Distance,” in June of 2010 Team Will again hosted their cornerstone cross-country bicycle ride. This time riding from San Francisco, CA to Kitty Hawk, N.C. in 10 days, Team Will crossed 15 states, visited 18 hospitals and participated in 7 community rallies raising over $80,000 for family support services and childhood cancer research. Funds were distributed to The Foundation for Children with Cancer and the Ronald McDonald House.
Senate Resolution 1191
In August of 2011, The California Senate drafted a Resolution (Senate Resolution 1191) that supports the eradication of childhood cancer through Team Will's efforts to bring awareness and funding toward childhood cancer research and the support of the child's family. Furthermore, the Resolution recognizes Team Will's efforts to raise awareness as they prepare for their 2012 summer trek across the country.
Go The Distance 2012
Team Will embarked on its fourth coast-to-coast summer bicycle event, “Go The Distance 2012.” With 25 members participating in the ride, they started June 24, 2012 in San Francisco, CA, and crossed 14 states, visited 18 hospitals and participated in 4 community rallies, while ending the ride in Boston, Mass. 10 days later on July 3, 2012, making this ride a complete success. We are pleased to share that this year because of everyone's efforts, they ended up raising over $120,000! To view the 2012 Annual Report, please click here