Will began riding in 2011 after injuring his knee while running. He fell in love with cycling and it quickly became his outlet for physical activity and mental health. A friend from church introduced Will to C3 and he joined the team in 2012 after learning of his great aunt's battle with cancer. Following the 2012 Ride, Will began learning about the impact cancer has had on his family. In all, nine members of his extended family have either battled or succumbed to cancer. The ride continued to be an inspiration to Will and, after his fifth year participating, Ron Jerina (founder) asked him to assume the role of Director.
Will is married to a very supportive wife (Emily) and has three beautiful daughters.
Daniel "Gizmo" Learmonth
Chief "Gizmo" Officer
Daniel started mountain bike riding in 2002. He loved to get out in the mountains around Pittsburgh and exploring. Friends at his local bicycle shop suggested that he try a road bike. He immediately fell in love with the open road. One day his father told him “just imagine what you can see when you explore now.”
A year later Daniel lost his father after a long fight with cancer. Daniel stumbled on a bike ride in Greenville (Stars and Strips Challenge) where he met a group of riders training for the Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride to Austin Texas. After a few hours riding side-by-side and hearing why they are riding, he had to be a part of it! In 2013 he made his first C3 ride to Lewiston Maine.
Daniel’s name changes to “Gizmo” during the ride to Maine as he multitasks on a handful of devices keeping track of other teams and more importantly, where to eat! He also has what seems to be an endless supply of cables to hookup/charge almost anything.
Daniel is married to a very understanding and supportive wife (Deanna) and has three children.
My passion for C3 began when the founder, Ron Jerina, wanted to do something to honor his father who had died from cancer. Coincidentally, my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was the right time for me to get involved. Eleven years later- my passion hasn’t changed - only intensified. My commitment to this group is everlasting. Cancer affects everyone whether through family or friends. Until there is a cure I am going to fight by riding a bike and raising money so that I can help one person feel the love and compassion we spread.
I became involved with C3 after my mom's almost 13 year battle with ovarian cancer. My dad, husband, and I joined the team in memory of Mom and never looked back! My dad has had multiple bouts with skin cancer. In 2019, my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer and it was through prayer and the support of family, friends, and this team that pulled us through. He is in remission now with follow-up appointments and maintenance treatments for the foreseeable future. Cancer has affected me on a personal level and I will always be involved in the fight. C3 is doing big things to help in that fight. We ride because we can. We fight because it is our duty to help.
Ron & Jennifer Jerina
Ron participated in his first Palmetto Peloton Project (P3) ride in 2006, the year after his 61 year old father died from cancer. The ride inspired him to come back – and indeed he did. In 2007 he was the second highest fundraiser for the Stars and Stripes Challenge Ride and earned a trip to Austin, Texas for the Livestrong Challenge.
In Austin Ron and his wife Jennifer were inspired by a group who rode their bikes from Calgary to Austin to participate in the LiveStrong Challenge. Ron was challenged by Kevin Dunn to organize such a relay from Greenville to Austin and the Challenge to Conquer Cancer was born.
When not planning a ride, Ron enjoys his family. He and Jennifer have three very active sons who all have followed in his footsteps with a love of cycling and triathlons. Ron has completed two Ironman Triathons (Louisville and Coeur d Alene) and loves being outside for any reason.