Recipient and Founder,
Team Lifeblood and Tour de TC Bicycle Ride
Bob Falkenberg started riding post-transplant to focus on wellness, he rides today to bring hope to patients undergoing transplants and to share one version of what survivorship can look like.
Over 12 years ago, Bob underwent a bone marrow transplant for Philadelphia Positive ALL. At 65, he’s recently retired and able to devote himself full-time to volunteering. In 2021, he did 13 courier trips, delivering lifesaving bone marrow/stem cells from donors to patients. He is also a legislative ambassador, a fundraiser for Be The Match and volunteer chair of the By The Mile for Be The Match program.
Bob has been riding for Be The Match for a number of years – mostly solo and carrying his own gear. For some of the rides he was able to convince friends to join him and he’s learned how to be a seasoned ride leader. This year he will lead all five tours as we ride throughout the country raising funds and raising HOPE for patients and medical personnel serving those patients.
As a ride leader, Bob emphasizes safety and keeping the group together. “These tours are not races – I’ll ride at the back of the pack and we’ll take it slow and steady. We welcome first-timers and thriving patients and if you are interested – we’ll be happy to recommend the tour for you.”
When you sign up for one of our tours, you’ll hear from Bob or one of our other staff members as they reach out to let you know what to expect and how to prepare for your upcoming tour.
L to R: Bob's daughter, Katie and Bob