VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Crush Cancer came to Hampton Roads after Virginia Beach councilwoman Rosemary Wilson lost her husband to cancer. She went to Washington DC and attended a Cycle for Survival event.

“I thought it was such a fantastic event, we have to bring it to Virginia Beach,” Wilson said.

She mentioned the event to local businessman Tony Nero, who had lost his wife to cancer. He said, “I am, all right.”

Wilson contacted local businesswoman Cheryl McCleskey, whose husband died of cancer and survived it herself.

Mark Rosenfield works for Cheryl and organizes what we now call the Crush Cancer event.

“Stay involved, stay focused even with the pandemic knowing that rare cancer hasn’t stopped for the pandemic, so we need to keep fundraising,” Rosenfield told us.

“Cancer affects everyone in one way or another. If you don’t get it yourself, it’s a loved one, friend or colleague. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer,” added Wilson.

10 On Your Side had three child ambassadors touched by cancer.

Ben Goldbergwho loved dancing to Michael Jackson.

Michaeyla Nadeauwho lost a leg and climbed Mount Trashmore with us.

And Landon Sander, who lived nearly all of her 12 years with cancer and inspired her classmates at Lynnhaven Middle School. He rode one of the bikes for Crush Cancer in a scene we’ll never forget. As he rode, all of his classmates were chanting, “Landon. Land on. Land on.”

“Landon rode his bike for the first time, and the kids volunteered to ride the bike and they paid money to support the kids at Crush Cancer,” Landon’s grandmother, Patti Sanderl, said. .

The generosity of Onelife Fitness is also on board from the start.

“At Onelife Fitness, we want to give back. It is the most beautiful gift. By doing this you can really make a difference, and it’s fun and a positive experience. A community working towards the same mission and goals,” said Onelife spokesperson Jacqueline Schillereff.

10 On Your Side continues to participate because cancer must be eradicated in our lifetime, and remember this: 50% of all cancers are considered rare cancers. Schillereff added this,

“Thank you WAVY-TV for always supporting our cause. All of our amazing partners are absolutely thrilled to be part of year seven,” Schillereff added.

Register and join us on Sunday May 1stst at the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here for more information on the WAVY Warriors Crush Cancer team and event.