CINDI HART

Wife, Mother, Athlete, Coach, Breast Cancer Survivor

What is a Survivor?

Cindi Hart, cancer survivor

"An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also impacted by the survivorship experience and are therefore included in this definition." A quote taken from the National Colon Cancer Alliance website.

It's a very strange realization when you finally accept the title of "survivor". In the past we have thought that in order to be a "survivor" someone has to die or be eliminated (like in the reality show "Survivor"), but here in the world of cancer, we have a new understanding of survivorship.

This past weekend was Easter, and I did some "soul" searching, and realized that to me, this holiday was particularly special, as the symbolism applied to my own life as a survivor. At the time of diagnosis with cancer, your old life as you knew it dies. No matter how hard you may try to maintain that old life, it is gone. Then you go through a period of grief and loss, (usually during treatment) but then one day, usually after a proclamation that you are finished with Chemo, or surgery or some sort of "all clear", you realize you are no longer a cancer "patient", but you are a "Survivor". This is a birth of a whole new life. You have a whole new identity and purpose and a family you never knew existed... other Survivors! People who have gone through the same anger and fear and loss. Loss of security, loss of body image, loss of "self".... But we also gain... new friends, an appreciation for LIFE and rejoice in the ability to help others through the moments of darkness.

Survivor is a difficult title to grasp. Personally, I would rather adopt the title of cancer "Warrior", "Victor" or "Master".

But from the moment you are diagnosed till the moment you move on from this earth, you are a Survivor. Welcome to the Sisterhood and let us embrace you on your journey, for we are here for you, as others have been for us.


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Her Story


2014

                Press Release Announcing the release of Cindi's book, "Determined". 10/14/2014.

                Cindi's book, "Determined" is published. Autographed copies available here. 10/01/2014.

                Cindi name a Pointe Hero at Pointe to the Cure". 9/28/2014.

                Cindi Organizes the 5th annual "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride, Indy event 09/07/2014.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Valley Preferred Velodrome, Allentown for pediatric cancer event. 08/29/2014.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope Participate in Indy's 24 Hours Of Booty, cancer charity ride. 06/27/2014.

                Cindi manages Special Olympics National Cycling Games, Princeton, NJ 06/12 - 06/19 2014.

                Cindi Rides from Baltimore to Key West, raising funds for cancer patient navigators for the Ulman Cancer Fund, 04/05 - 04/13/2014.


2013

                Cindi Organizes "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride, Indy event 09/06/2013.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Valley Preferred Velodrome, Allentown for pediatric cancer event. 08/28/2013.

                Cindi Medals at the Masters National Track Championships. 08/01/2013.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope Participate in Indy's 24 Hours Of Booty, cancer charity ride. 06/28/2013.

                Cindi attends Komen Pink Tie Ball, cancer charity event. 02/23/2013.

                Cindi manages Special Olympics World Speedskating Championships, Pyeongyang South Korea 01/29 - 2/4 2013.

2012

                Cindi Comments on Lance Armstrong, Indianapolis Star. 09/14, 2012.

                Cindi in Indianapolis Star. 09/08, 2012.

                Cindi Organizes "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride, Indy event 09/02/2012.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Valley Preferred Velodrome, Allentown for pediatric cancer event. 08/27/2012.

                Cindi with Indy NBC Affiliate discussing Lance Armstrong. 08/23/2012.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Indy, Mass Ave. Bike event. 08/16/2012.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope Bike Across Iowa with RAGBRAI. 07/22 - 07/29, 2012.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope Participate in Indy's 24 Hours Of Booty, cancer charity ride. 06/29/2012.

                Cindi & Ken Run the State Cycling Championships for Special Olympics 06/05/2012.

                Cindi Hart at Komen Race for the Cure. 04/15/2012.

                Cindi attends Komen Pink Tie Ball, cancer charity event. 02/17/2012.

2011

                Cindi participates in Pink Power Event, Atlanta. 10/23, 2011.

                Cindi rides LiveSTRONG Ride for The Roses Event in Austin TX. 10/17/2011.

                Cindi Hosts Pink Pedal Power Clinic, Pittsburgh. 9/17, 2011.

                Cindi Organizes "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride to Washington, DC. 09/5 - 09/16, 2011.

                Cindi Organizes "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride, Indy event 09/02/2011.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Valley Preferred Velodrome, Allentown for pediatric cancer event. 08/27/2011.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Indy, Mass Ave. Bike event. 08/16/2011.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope Bike Across Iowa with RAGBRAI. 07/22 - 07/29, 2011.

                Cindi & Ken Run the State Cycling Championships for Special Olympics 06/04/2011.

                Cindi is named Technical Delegate ( TD ) for Special Olympics Speedskating, responsible for World Winter Games in South Korea, 05/04/2011.

                Cindi Hart at Komen Race for the Cure. 04/16/2011.


2010

                Cindi participates in Pink Power Mom Event. 10/23, 2010.

                Cindi Hosts Pink Pedal Power Clinic, for YSC. 10/17, 2010.

                Cindi Speaks at ACS's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 10/16, 2010.

                Cindi Organizes "LiveSTRONG Day" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride, Indy event 10/02/2010.

                Cindi is Named a Pink Power Mom Finallist. 09/20, 2010.

                Cindi Organizes "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride to Washington, DC. 09/5 - 09/16, 2010.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Valley Preferred Velodrome, Allentown for pediatric cancer event. 08/27/2010.

                Cindi & Spokes of Hope at Indy, Mass Ave. Bike event. 08/16/2010.

                Cindi Bikes Across Iowa with RAGBRAI. 07/22 - 07/29, 2010.

                Cindi & Ken Run the State Cycling Championships for Special Olympics 06/04/2010.

                Cindi Hart at Komen Race for the Cure. 04/17/2010.

2009

                Cindi, Ken & Madison travel to Japan to Certify Japans first Special Olympics Cycling Program. 11/25/2009.

                Cindi rides LiveSTRONG Ride for The Roses Event in Austin TX. 10/24/2009.

                Cindi Promotes "SwingSTRONG, fund raising dance for the Lance Armstrong foundation. 10/10/2009.

                National Cancer Institute ( NCI ) tals with Cindi & Spokes of Hope. 10/06/2009.

                Cindi Organizes "Spokes Of Hope" Cancer Awareness Bike Ride to Washington, DC. 09/5 - 09/16, 2009.

                Cindi, Laura, and Craig "Kicking Cancer" at the YSC "Tour de Pink" bike ride at MTV. 07/12/2009.

                Cindi and Dr. Goulet are honorary co-chairs for the YSC "Tour de Pink" bike ride at MTV. 07/12/2009.

                Cindi Hart motor-pacing inline skaters at the YSC "Tour de Pink" ride at MTV. 07/12/2009.

                PONY TAILS! Cindi's Chemo Curls have finally grown out enough to make small pony tails! 07/05/2009.

                Fitness Trainer, Colin Timberlake, cites Cindi as his daily training Inspiration! 07/01/2009.

                Cindi Recognized as Exemplary Coach by Special Olympics. 6/05/2009.

                Cindi Hart and Miss Indiana, "Cancer is Wicked" at Komen Race for the Cure. 04/18/2009.

                100% of our 24 speedskaters medal! bringing home 56 medals from the Special Olympics World Winter Games, 02/10/2009

                Cindi's Video from Closing Ceremonies Special Olympics World Winter Games, 02/10/2009(Right Click, and save locally)

2008

                Cindi Speaks To The Ohio Chapter of Oncology Nurses 04/11/2008

                Cindi Hosts a Local LiveSTRONG Day event, a bike ride from The Wellness Community 05/18/2008.

                In May, 2008, on her 4th year anniversary checkup, two small lumps are found in her armpit.
                She spends her wedding anniversary at the IU Cancer Center, getting biposies done 05/27/2008.
                Two days later she finds out that her Ductile Carcinoma, Highly aggressive, has returned.

                Cindi & Ken Run the State Cycling Championships for Special Olympics 06/06/2008.

                Cindi Starts Treatment 06/12/2008.

                Cindi Attends LiveSTRONG Summit 07/27/2008

                Cindi Wins State Championships two days after her final Chemo Session 08/01/2008

                Cindi Speaks to Indiana chapter of American Cancer Society the week after surgery 08/21/2008

                Cindi Hosts Media tour for new IU-Simon Cancer Center 08/21/2008 (download flash video)

                Cindi At Open House of new IU-Simon Cancer Center 08/21/2008 (download Flash video)

                During Ted Kennedy's Recent Illness, Timothy Shriver reference's Cindi's Giving Spirit 09/10/2008

                Cindi is Honorary Chairperson for the Young Survivors Coalition's "Tour de Pink" event, 10/04/2008

                Cindi Speaks at Sigma Gamma Rho Event regarding Early Detection and Cancer Awareness, 10/08/2008

2007

                Cindi is one of several Cancer Patients on CNN Discussing Emotions of Cancer Diagnosis. 01/09/2007

                Cindi is on NBC Affiliate in Cleveland Promoting Pan-Ohio Bike Ride to Support the Hope Lodge. 02/23/2007

                Cindi is Featured in a Series of Infomercials for the IU Cancer Center. 03/05/2007                 Cindi's Video.

                Cindi & Chris States Appear on LiveSTRONG Challenge's Portlands Web Site. 03/15/2007

                Cindi is Named Recipient of Pathfinder Award for Committment to Youth. 03/20/2007

                Cindi's Breast Cancer Awareness Bike. 04/01/2007

                CCC'r Mike Terry comes to Indy to ride! 04/01/2007

                Cindi is Named Recipient of Rev. Charles Williams Award Award for Committment to Youth. 05/03/2007

                Cindi is on "Inside Indiana Business" discussing Youthlinks and Pathfinder Award. 05/20/2007

                Cindi to be Grand Marshall for "The Wellness Community" Cancer Walk 06/02/2007

                Cindi Speaks at "The Wellness Community" Cancer Survivors Run & Walk 06/02/2007

                Cindi Coaches "Cyclists Combating Cancer" Bike Camp 06/30/2007

                Cindi Wins Track Omnium Nationals in Kenosha 08/05/2007

                Cindi's interview for Pan-Ohio Bike Ride to Support the Hope Lodge. 08/08/2007

                Cindi rides Pan-Ohio Bike Ride to Support the Hope Lodge. 08/09/2007

                Cindi to Speak at Cancer Breakfast 08/23/2007

                100% of our 12 athletes medal in cycling, & bring home 24 medals at Special Olympics World Games 10/10/2007

                Cindi Speaks at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 10/20/2007

                Cindi's Story in IU School of Medicine Newsletter, "Vital Signs" 10/30/2007



2006

                CCC goes Skiing in Canada. 01/01/2006

                Cindi wins State and Midwest Skating Championships. 01/08/2006

                Madison and Melanie Hincapie at the "Breakaway from Cancer" lecture series. 01/09/2006

                Cindi, Dr Kathy Miller, and George Hincapie at the "Breakaway from Cancer" lecture series. 01/09/2006

                Cindi is Bronze Medallist at Speedskating Nationals in Minnesota. 02/04/2006

                Cindi is Named "Coach of the Year" by US Speedskating. 02/16/2006

                Cindi is on ESPN2 Radio Speaking About Olympic Speedskating. 02/19/2006

                Cindi is Cover Story of "Indianapolis Woman", Breast Cancer Survivorship and Komen "Race For the Cure". 03/01/2006

                Cindi on CBS WISH-TV, discussing Survivorship and Komen "Race For the Cure". 03/07/2006

                IU School of Medicine dose Story on Cindi. 03/31/2006

                Marquette, MI Story on Cindi, Coaching, and her role at US Olympic Education Center. 04/06/2006

                Cindi is cover story for Indianapolis Star and Cancer Survivorship. 04/09/2006

                Cindi and Madison on Radio Disney, discussing Cancer, Survivorship and the "Race For the Cure". 04/15/2006

                Cindi is on local CBS Affiliate WISH-TV Speaking About Cancer and Komen "Race for the Cure" 04/15/2006

                Cindi is on local NBC Affiliate WTHR discussing Cancer and Komen "Race for the Cure" 04/21/2006

                Cindi drives the pacecar for Komen "Race for the Cure" 04/22/2006

                Read Cindi's Article on the Komen "Race for the Cure" 04/22/06

                Cindi named a finallist for US Olympic Committee "Coach of the year" 04/25/2006

                May 19th, What a Day!" 05/19/2006

                On the Red Carpet With Lance, Memorial Weekend in Indy" 05/27/2006

                Ken's version of the Weekend" 05/27/2006

                Cindi named US Olympic Committee "Coach of the year" 06/07/2006

                Cindi goes to USOC Assembly in San Diego to receive award. 06/24/2006

                Cindi and Keli Ann at USOC Assembly in San Diego. 06/24/2006

                Cindi Speaks on Radio-Iowa to Promote Special Olympics. 07/08/2006

                Cindi is Named a member of Governor's Roundtable on Physical Fitness 08/15/2006

                Cindi and Family Ride the HOW 100 to raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research. 09/09/2006

                Cindi Speaks at the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, Nashville, TN. 09/22/2006

                Cindi and Madison Figure out how to Stretch a liveSTRONG Bracelet. 10/02/2006

                Cindi Named Coach of the Year by National Council on Youth Sports (NCYS). 10/20/2006

                Cindi Participates in the LiveSTRONG Cancer Summit, Austin TX. 10/27/2006

                "Spirit" Magazine article on Cindi Coaching Special Olympics 12/01/2006


2005

                Cindi (2nd from L ) Finishes 2nd in the Ladies 1500m at Nationals in Utah, breaking record by 7 secs. January 2005

                Cindi Is Head Speedskating Coach for Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano Japan, February 2005

                Cindi And Lily Tomlin Speak at the "Women Of Character" Event, Clowes Hall, Butler univ. 04/14/2005

                Cindi And Nina Swain at Race for the Cure, April 2005

                Cindi Named Woman of Character in Indianapolis Star 4/24/2005

                Cindi Named Woman of Character in "The Clarian"(page 8), 4/25/2005

                Cindi is first individual woman finisher of Ride Across INdiana (RAIN)
               159 miles in 6 hours 44 minutes. See line 24 of results.07/15/2005

                Cancer Survivor Cheers on Lance, Indianapolis Star, 7/19/2005

                Cancer Survivors Cheer Lance in Paris, API Photo from Page 2 USA Today, 7/25/2005

                Cancer Survivors Cheer Lance in Paris, Graham Watson Photo, July, 2005

                Cindi, Madison, and Ken in the book, "Chasing Lance" 9/15/2005

2004

                In April of 2004, Cindi detects two small lumps, and gets tested.
                In May, she is given a diagnosis of Ductile Carcinoma, Highly aggressive.

                Cindi Wins State 500m TT During 1st Round of Chemo, June 2004

                Cindi's Team at Groveport TTT, July 2004

                Cindi's "B" Team Takes 1st in Groveport TTT, July 2004

                Cindi, From the Cover of the "Midwest Flyer", on her way to Winning Track Natz in Kenosha, September 2004

                Cindi Gets Cancer Treatment at IU Cancer Center, September 2004

                "Chemo on Wheels" IU article on Cindi and Cancer Survivorship, October 2004

                Hilly Hundred article on Cindi and Cancer Survivorship, October 2004




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