Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Our Founder

Amy, a partner at Hunton & Williams law firm, 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. Massey Cancer Center works to make important discoveries about cancer, and to translate these discoveries rapidly into better prevention, detection, treatment and control of cancer.

 

Dorothy Erlanger

Dorothy Erlanger

BOARD MEMBER, TREASURER, ORGANIZER, VOLUNTEER

Meet Dorothy Erlanger: goal-getter, thought leader, obstacle-slayer. Having a birth defect proved to be a catalyst to success for Dorothy. Figuring out things on her own became her only normal. After a triumphant battle with ovarian cancer at 50, Erlanger set out to be a world-class triathlete. With perseverance, Dorothy achieved that goal and took it to the extreme, competing in World Championship Triathlons four times – so far. Dorothy is a master at getting through, around and beyond challenges – taking it on a hundred yards at a time.

 

Lilo Navales

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

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 by serving on national and local boards, chairing fundraising galas, directing races and has received several awards from the Governor for excellence for her efforts.

 

Amanda King

Amanda King

Operations Director & Volunteer

Amanda is an avid sports enthusiast; she runs, snowboards, hikes, and practices yoga to balance it all. She has become enthralled with the RVA Cyclist Culture for two years and has orchestrated two diverse events for the betterment of cancer research. As Operations Director, Amanda will continue to rally the troops in fulfilling gratifying volunteer opportunities and coordinating Pedal through Petals and Climb to Conquer Cancer onsite logistics for all involved, including, vendors and sponsors. These events have had significant response and only promise increased successes. The chance to daydream, illustrate and solidify each experience is ultimately rewarding for Amanda. She is a stout believer in the quote, “The Best is Yet to Come!”

Rob Larsen

Rob Larsen

Graphic Designer, Organizer, Volunteer

Rob is a freelance graphic designer. He was treated for testicular cancer, acute myloid leukemia and hepatitis C at VCU Medical Center and Massey Cancer Institute and cured of all three diseases. He has been in remission from the cancers since 1989. He is a lifelong cyclist and has completed 18 century rides and hundreds of shorter ones. He is currently training for a 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Rob is married and the proud father of three adult children.

 

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy

Organizer, Volunteer

Meghan moved to Richmond after graduating from JMU. She eventually landed at Hunton & Williams, where she works with Amy, and has been involved with planning and organizing Pedal through Petals since 2015- its first year. She is proud to help organize fundraising for such a worthy organization.

Taylor Woody

Taylor Woody

Social Media Specialist, Volunteer

My name is Taylor Woody and I am the social media director for petals. I learned about this great event through members of the team. I joined the committee because I want to help spread awareness about cancer prevention.

 

Barry Plott

Barry Plott

Web Designer, Photographer, Volunteer

Barry is a web designer, developer, and photographer currently living in the RVA. His interests are web design, photography, all things techie, art design, architecture, all things beautiful, kayaking, running, camping and cycling. Barry joined Amy’s Army of Cancer warriors in honor of his Aunt Jody Harlow. Jody was diagnosed with stomach cancer in October of 2014 and was taken from this earthly existence on December 1st 2014.

Catherine Illian

Catherine Illian

Organizer, Volunteer

Meet Catherine, founder of Richmond Rides Bicycle Tours, Guiding experiential tours throughout RVA on comfy cruiser bikes.  When she is not biking, You can find her doting on her three sons and enjoying their neighborhood in Church Hill.

Les M. Carter

Les M. Carter

Organizer, Volunteer

Les is a dreamer, a thinker, a cyclist.  In 2015 Amy and Les first imagined capturing the energy and challenge of Libby Hill, made famous during the World’s event, and channeling it towards cancer research.  In 2017 that dream became a reality; Climb to Conquer Cancer was born.  In his other lives, Les is a father of two, a PhD student at VCU, a middle school mentor and works at Dominion Energy.  He has ridden more centuries than he can recall, and a double century that he would rather forget.

Matt Crane

Matt Crane

Organizer, Volunteer

Matt is a lifelong athlete, an artist, and a champion of self-determination. A longtime competitive cyclist, he hung up his racing wheels to pursue non-profit fundraising as a means of strengthening his community. After an eight year career as a professional cyclist, including time on the U.S. National Cycling Team, Matt landed in Richmond and is thrilled to work as a bridge between the resources of the community and organizations that strengthen the public good. Matt works in the major gifts department at Community Idea Stations, a local NPR/PBS member station. He also serves on the board of directors for Richmond Cycling Corps, as well as the Downtown YMCA of Richmond. He became extremely interested in helping Amy’s Army after a close friend died from liver cancer in 2016. Matt is a freelance writer, an avid reader, and through his collecting habit, a major contributor to the health of the local vinyl record industry.

 

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Upcoming Events
  1. Amy’s Army at Nutzy’s Block Party

    March 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST
  2. Cancer BEE Gone Garden Party

    April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
  3. Pedal through Petals

    April 29
  4. Climb to Conquer Cancer

    September 22

Amy's Army will be selling these items to raise money for the fight against cancer. Dismiss