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 Mission Statement

Cure on Wheels, Inc. raises money to help individuals and families in the Tampa Bay area cope with a diagnosis of cancer through an annual bike-a-thon that travels along the beautiful roads just north of Tampa. Cure on Wheels, Inc. intention is to successfully meld support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to Cure on Wheels, Inc. goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Tampa Bay families with necessary services after a potentially debilitating diagnosis of cancer.

 Board of Directors

Formed in 2007, the directors have fiduciary responsibilities that include: determining the annual donation to benefactors, budget reviews, and vendor contracts exceeding $25,000. Click each name for more information.

       • Richard Spayde (President/Co-founder)
       • Richard Lush (VP/Route Logistics Coordinator)
       • Donna Cosenzo (Treasurer)
       • Tom Couture (Vice President)
       • Joshua Rivera (Secretary)
       • Larry Heinkel (Co-founder/General Counsel)
       • Jack Bevilacqua (Advisory Board Member)
       • Steve Geiger (Advisory Board Member)
       • Michael Biety (Advisory Board Member)
       • Holly Spayde, Volunteer

Cure on Wheels had donated over $900,000.00 locally throughout the Tampa Bay area to specific and targeted programs to assist patients and their families whose lives have been changed by the diagnosis of cancer.

 2016 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$50,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to act as seed funding for the novel and promising prostate cancer research program titled "Black Owl".

This research is being conducted by Dr. Julio M. Pow-Sang, MD, Chair, Department of Genitourinary Oncology, as well as chief of surgery and director of the robotics program. Dr. Pow-Sang is a principal investigator for numerous clinical trials in genitourinary cancer and is a member of the prostate cancer guidelines panel for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. In addition, he is on the editorial board and a reviewer for many professional journals, as well as a member of professional medical societies in the U.S., Europe and Peru.

$16,200 was donated to Tampa Bay area YMCA's to benefit the Livestrong Cancer Survivors Program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal".

The goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.


$10,500 was donated to Tampa Bay Watch for their contribution to the collaborative effort between Cure on Wheels and TBW to leverage each other's volunteer and donor base to create incremental fundraising synergy and opportunity.

 2015 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$37,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC).

$31,870 was donated to Tampa Bay area YMCA's to benefit the Livestrong Cancer Survivors Program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal".

The goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.


$5,000 was donated to the ARCS Foundation.

These funds are being used to endow a Cure on Wheels named scholarship for an outstanding US citizen studying in the field of molecular oncology.

 2014 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$25,100 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Blood and Marrow Transplant Oncology Department for research.

$25,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC).

$32,615 was donated to Tampa Bay area YMCA's to benefit the Livestrong Cancer Survivors Program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal".

The goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.

The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.


$8,245 was donated to All Children's Hospital to benefit the Vinny Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center.

$5050 was donated to the ARCS Foundation.

These funds are being used to endow a Cure on Wheels named scholarship for an outstanding US citizen studying in the field of molecular oncology.

 2013 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$30,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the BMT Program for research (Bone Marrow Transplant).

$15,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Families First Program.

This program provides much needed to support to children when a parent or family member is diagnosed with cancer. Sometimes children are "forgotten" during this very stressful and emotional time, but actually need the most help in understanding what is happening. They often feel alone and scared as not many other children are experiencing the same problems. This vital support begins at diagnosis of the parent/family member and continues during treatment, recovery, and even in the unfortunate circumstance of death of a parent or family member.

$25,650 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit The Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC).

$34,690 was donated to All Children's Hospital to benefit the Vinny Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center.

$25,985 was donated to Tampa Bay area YMCA's to benefit the Livestrong Cancer Survivors Program.

$5000 was donated to the ARCS Foundation.

These funds are being used to endow a Cure on Wheels named scholarship for an outstanding US citizen studying in the field of molecular oncology.

 2012 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$50,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the BMT Program for research (Bone Marrow Transplant).

$15,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Families First Program.

$25,000 was donated to the LIVESTRONG Survivors Program at the St Petersburg YMCA.

$10,500 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Coalition (APCC).

$15,000 was donated to the Vinny Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children's Hospital (ACH).

These funds are dedicated to research and patient services for the children in this department.

$5000 was donated to the ARCS Foundation.

These funds are being used to endow a Cure on Wheels named scholarship for an outstanding US citizen studying in the field of molecular oncology.

 2011 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$15,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Families First Program.

$20,000 was donated to the Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Coalition (APCC).

$10,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the AYA program (Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program).

This program encompasses the care of patients who are between 15 to 40 years of age at the time of diagnosis. This population comprises patients who have a wide range of diagnoses, some of which are more common in older adults and some of which are more common in pediatric patients. Many of these patients over the past decades have fallen into a gap in care between the pediatric and the adult cancer specialists. There are significant and unique psychosocial needs that the adolescent and young adult cancer patients experience. Moffitt's team of experts support AYA patients throughout the treatment process and helps them to navigate this course to a fulfilling, productive life during the treatment of and after cancer.

$10,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the BMT program for research (Bone Marrow Transplant).

$10,000 was donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to the local Tampa Bay Suncoast Chapter.

These funds were directed to provide patient services and co-pay assistance to qualified patients and their families locally in the Tampa Bay area.

$25,000 was donated to the Vinny Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children's Hospital (ACH).

This money is being used for research and to continue our program of purchasing special Wii Fit consoles and stationary bikes for the children at All Children's.

$2500 was donated to the Survivors Program at the St Petersburg YMCA.

These funds were used to develop the LIVESTRONG Survivors Program at this location that are currently in place at all area YMCA's.

 2010 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$15,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Families First Program.

$65,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Advanced Prostate Cancer Coalition (APCC).

$25,000 was donated to All Children's Hospital.

This donation provided specialized stationary bicycles for the children to use during extended stays for cancer treatment. These cycles not only provide fun for the children, but help keep them physically `active during treatment which helps in overall response to treatment and a better long term prognosis. In addition, our donation was used to purchase special Wii Fit game consoles for the children to use during their treatment allowing kids to do what they love during long hospital visits.

$35,000 was donated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This donation supported patient services and blood cancer research.

 2009 Fundraising Achievements & Contributions

$35,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Amandalee Fund.

The Amandalee Fund supports research on the molecular causes of cancer, leading to more effective therapies. It enhances development of new treatments for cancer patients, bringing better drugs to clinical trials at a faster pace. It also advances the study of genetic profiles of tumors for individualized cancer therapy, accelerating the future of cancer treatment.

$15,000 was donated to Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Families First Program.
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