About UsTeam Will is a Sacramento-based, charitable bicycling organization raising community awareness and funding for research and resources for children with cancer. Team Will provides a coherent, credible voice to educate communities about childhood cancer and encourage communities to get involved and make a difference. Funds are raised each season for local and national charities.
How It BeganIn January 2004, 2 year old 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 SuccessRide 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.