Symposium to feature cyclist



Staff Reports

TROY — Connor O’Leary was on the top of the world and his sport of cycling when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and told he’d never race again.

O’Leary, diagnosed in 2010 just before his 19th birthday, was devastated, but not deterred.

Not only did he survive cancer but he’s back on his bike.

He’ll share the story of his racing, his treatment and recovery and his return to an active life including winning television’s The Amazing Race All-Stars during the annual Bill and Ruth McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium on May 10 at The Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy. His topic will be “Beat the Odds: A Survivor’s Story.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. followed by questions and answers and a door prize drawing.

The program is free but registration is required. To reserve a seat, call the UVMC Foundation at (937) 440-7541 before noon May 6. Seating is limited to the first 300 registrants.

The annual symposium, sponsored by the UVMC Foundation and the UVMC Cancer Care Center, is named in honor of Bill and Ruth McGraw, parents of Bill McGraw III, and his sisters, Karen McGraw and Chris Grilliot. Between them, Bill and Ruth McGraw had cancer five times, but neither died from the disease.

The program is made possible by a gift from the McGraw Family Fund of The Troy Foundation and a grant from the UVMC Foundation.