Heather Cooper

Rider

Nickname: 

Coop

Age: 

29

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Executive Assistant

What is your bike's name?: 

The Green Machine

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Beginner

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

This is my first Peloton ride.

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

I'm riding for myself. Last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. I'm still undergoing Herceptin treatment for my HER2+ type of breast cancer and I thought that this ride would be a great way to show cancer that it didn't kill me and to show the universe that I didn't waste the second chance at life it gave me.

What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?: 

Stronger - Kelly Clarkson, The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes, I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz, Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink, Fix You - Coldplay.

Who are you riding for?: 

Myself.

What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?: 

The experience to know that I'm so much tougher than cancer and I can do anything I put my mind to.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

The finish line. Knowing that I've completed what I put my mind to, and that feeling of knowing that I've still got it.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

Letting down my team.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

Cancer changed my life forever. I'm permanently scarred with a daily reminder that I had my breasts removed because they were trying to kill me.

If you have cancer, what is your diagnosis?: 

Stage 2, Grade 3 HER2+ Breast Cancer

What treatments have you undergone?: 

Lumpectomy, Chemotherapy, Bilateral Mastectomy, Herceptin.

If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?: 

F#@k you.

What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?: 

I've been through worse and if I can do chemotherapy and surgery, I can do anything.

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