Our Mission

Amy’s Army of Cancer Warriors is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer research and prevention, including the life-saving cancer research conducted by VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Our Story

Amy’s Army of Cancer Warriors was developed by a group of friends who coalesced around the idea of promoting cancer prevention and research. It is a grass roots fundraising team that produces events to provide much needed funds for cancer research and support for the jewel of RVA that is Massey Cancer Center.

Meet some of our Cancer Warriors

Amy Williams


Amy was treated at Massey Cancer Center in 2011 for breast cancer. She credits her survival to Massey. She led a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle until about 10 years ago. Now she is an endurance athlete, having completed marathons, century rides, swims of up to five miles, and triathlons, including an Ironman. She has formed Amy’s Army to raise funds for and awareness of Massey Cancer Center.

Emily Bashton

Co-Founder, Ride Leader, Organizer, Volunteer

Emily is an agricultural commodity trader at Southern States Cooperative INC and a former Professional Off-Road Triathlete. Losing her cousin Wendy at age 28 to Leukemia as she waited for a bone marrow transplant brings greater purpose to Emily and her volunteer efforts for Amy’s Army of Cancer Warriors. Emily is a huge bicycle advocate and creates the route and logistics of the Pedal thru Petals Ride.

Lilo Navales

Co-Founder, Organizer, Volunteer

Lilo is an avid cyclist, triathlete, and supporter of Massey Cancer Center. She has been involved with the Pedal Through Petals event as one of the key coordinators since its inception 3 years ago. Amongst other things, Lilo coordinates the raffle, designs cycling jewelry and also stores the ice cream sandwiches that are given out on the event day!

Susan Ann Glass

Co-Founder, Organizer, Volunteer

Susan Ann is a founding member of Amy’s Army of Cancer Warriors and helped develop the concept of “Pedal through Petals” as an annual fundraiser for Massey Cancer Center where she continues to be a key driver in the development, planning and execution of each year’s event. For nearly 20 years, she has volunteered her time, talent and treasury to numerous charities, primarily raising many thousands of dollars for cancer research.

What riders say about Pedal through Petals


“Pedal through Petals is an awesome event. I sprained my foot just before the event, so I was slow moving through the gardens, but that was ok. Thanks to everyone who organized such a fun day!”


"I was new to riding and a little nervous, but the ride leaders were fantastic. I cannot believe I rode over 10 miles!"


“The bikes we got to rent from Richmond Rides were so awesome! I love their hip look too! Thank you Richmond Rides for having them available so more people could participate!”