Ovarian Cycle was launched in Atlanta in 2004, with 40 cycling enthusiasts on a common mission: to fund ovarian cancer research and honor the life of Debbie Green Flamm–daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend to many–who succumbed to the disease at age 43.
Today, nearly a decade later, thousands of participants have ridden in support of every person touched by the disease. Since its inception, Ovarian Cycle has donated over $1.5 million dollars to ovarian cancer research, and has expanded to several cities.
Bethany Diamond founded Ovarian Cycle, Inc. in 2004 just after the loss of her dear friend, Debbie Flamm. Bethany envisioned an event that would revolutionize ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment by promoting research, while inspiring hundreds of people to become more fit and healthy as they contribute to the cause. She created a training protocol and a final ride experience that attracted people to the event which has grown from its first ride of 40 participants in 2004 to well over 1,000 ten years later. Bethany is a two time Ironman triathlete, Master Trainer for Schwinn indoor cycling, and a PowerBar Team Elite Athlete. She has shared her passion for fitness with others for almost 30 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer and International fitness educator.
“Thank you to all the volunteers and participants who have given their time and resources to Ovarian Cycle. Your commitment has allowed us to grow and now with OCRF we will continue to reach new markets, change more lives. The dream becomes a reality. Together, we WILL make a difference!”
Ellen Fruchtman, a native Atlantan, served as President of Ovarian Cycle and utilized her communications and marketing background, along with her deep roots in the Atlanta community, to help grow Ovarian Cycle. Her inspiration is her lifelong friend, Debbie Green Flamm. For years prior to her diagnosis, she experienced symptoms that were real, yet so vague that they went undiagnosed. By the time her illness was detected, her disease was advanced. Several years later, Ellen’s aunt relived that same experience. Ellen believes that Ovarian Cycle’s signature cycling events will help lead to more effective diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.
“Ovarian Cycle has seen remarkable growth over the past few years, and I applaud founder Bethany Diamond and the Ovarian Cycle board of directors for developing and growing this popular event. Debbie, who inspired us with her courage, would be thrilled to know that hundreds of cyclists ride hundreds of miles to raise money to fund critical research. But, with growth comes a responsibility to direct as many financial resources as possible to the very best research. We know that partnering with OCRF will allow us to tap into its infrastructure, resources and expertise, and increase our ability to expand Ovarian Cycle rides to more cities.”