W.A.R. on Wheels (WOW)

The WOW cycle team began with a team of 3 small business owners that wanted to bike 2,499-miles across the country to raise awareness and $2,499,000 in funds to support our mission to help kids fighting cancer. This September the WOW team will ride again from Mt. Rushmore to St. Charles. Every dollar donated will allow us to help kids fighting cancer through granting wishes, raising awareness, and funding research.

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WHY

Cal’s Angels, a St. Charles based 501c3 pediatric cancer foundation, is close to the hearts of all the riders. Cal’s Angels was founded in 2007 after Cal Sutter lost his battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Cal always cared about others before himself and his kindness was the inspiration behind the foundation’s mission to grant wishes, raise awareness, and fund research to help kids fighting cancer.

WOW 3 Schedule

Ride Preparation

September 27th through the 28th at Mount Rushmore

Week #1

Wednesday, September 29th through Saturday, October 2nd – Ride 80 to 100 miles per day

Sunday, October 3rd – Riding day off

Week #2

Monday, October 4th through Friday, October 8th – Ride 80 to 100 miles per day

Saturday, October 9th – Riding day off

Bringing It Home

Sunday, October 10th and Monday, October 11th – Two-day, 110 miles per day

The ride ends in St. Charles at the Cal’s Angels office.

TEXT “GIVE2CALS” TO THE NUMBER 20222

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MEET THE RIDERS

Glen Galloway

Born in Chicago and growing up in the working-class suburb of Elk Grove Village, Glen learned that hard work and an ethical approach will help overcome any challenge. One of Glen’s favorite quotes is from his Father, “Sometimes you have to plow your own field.” And after 15 years of success in technical sales for a leading power equipment company, Glen did exactly that.

In 1999 he cashed in his entire nest egg and purchased Bema Incorporated, a well-known, but struggling flexible packaging company. In the first 10 years, Glen transformed Bema from a commodity product provider to a leader in quality and packaging innovation. In the next 10 years, Bema’s growth led to hundreds of new jobs and a reputation in the industry as the “benchmark for how it’s done.”

Glen’s inherent commitment to the community has followed him throughout his life. Both before and after his business grew, Glen contributed whatever he could to help people help themselves.

In 2006, Glen was lucky enough to marry Debra Frahm who “strongly encouraged” Glen to take up biking. For Glen, biking has become more than a passion, it is a way of life, and now a means to help kids with cancer. “It is great to write a check for the Cal’s Angels kids,” says Glen, “now let’s see if we can back that up by leaving some blood, sweat, and tears on the road!”

Curt Hurst

Curt was born into a large “Texas-sized” family in the refinery town of Port Arthur. After working through high school with an eye on going to Texas A&M, Curt still needed to find a way to fund his college education. Curt saw an opportunity to serve and at the same time, earn his way through college. After 5 years as a Navy Corpsman, Curt graduated from Texas A&M in 1984.

Curt spent some time succeeding where very few had – in the savings and loan business. He saw first-hand how some bad actors can impact people’s lives. Because of this he left that industry and started his own home building company with a focus on building quality homes with integrity. With the help of Anna, his wife of 32 years, Curt worked multiple jobs, built his business and together they raised 3 kids.

The business became so successful that it was acquired by Lennar, one of the country’s largest home builders. Lennar recognized his talents and kept Curt on to manage their entire Chicago division. Through business and personal relationships in the Chicago area, Curt learned to give back and adopted a philanthropic approach to life and business “My father was a warrior, fighting Parkinson’s for much longer than the Doctor’s predicted.” Stated Curt, “He inspired me to stay healthy. Now we can do something to help the kids and their families fight the war on cancer.”

Brad Beetham

Brad is welcomed to the team as a member of Cal’s Angels Executive Board. This will be Brad’s second physical fitness endeavor on behalf of Cal’s Angels after completing the Chicago Marathon for Team Cal’s in 2016.  Brad has also been involved in many Pediatric Cancers Rides in the past, but nothing close to this magnitude!!

Brad knows pediatric cancer all too well. His daughter, Madi, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in 2014 and as of 2017, finished her 3 year battle against this horrible disease with a good outcome. Brad carries an extreme passion for the pediatric cancer world and the families and kids fighting this battle.

Brad enjoys his family, staying fit, and coaching and developing kids in his free time. Brad lives in Yorkville, IL with his wife, Jeni, and their 5 kids.