Mr. Bothwell decided to create a team in memory of his daughter, Eleanor, who was treated by Dr. Blatt for osteosarcoma, and Team Ella was off and pedaling.
Ella was diagnosed in 2007 and died in 2010 after her cancer became resistant to chemotherapy. Mr. Bothwell says, “Ella received the best possible care at UNC. Dr. Blatt and the team were outstanding. We believe it is important to support UNC so they can continue to provide the best care and support for the patients and their families.”
Last year, his team was one of the top fundraisers, collecting close to $4,000. And he hopes to raise as much for this year’s third annual event. He says, “We’re so grateful to our family and friends who support this event. We know the funds are being put to good use at UNC. Pedal for Peds is a great way to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.”