The Rider

June 8, 2010

Lean On Me

Filed under: Rider Profiles — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

Courtney Andrews describes her father, Jim, as a facts-first kind of guy.

“He’s like, ‘what are the facts, what are all of our options,’” Courtney said, adding she’s more of a, “let’s move on with it … plus I can be a little more emotional.”

Jim was there for Courtney when she needed him

When Courtney was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer, Jim was there every step of the way  – and their two personalities meshed perfectly during this difficult time.

“We fit well together,” she said. “I’d be going off on a tangent and he brings me back. We’ve always been close, but now we’re even closer. We talk every day, even if it’s just to say hello.”

Courtney is one of the growing army of riders from Huntington Bank – and will be doing the 100-mile route.

“I’ve never been in a race or a ride before,” she said, adding she’s been taking spinning classes for several months, but hasn’t actually ridden her bike outside this spring. Actually, she doesn’t even have a bike.

“I know, I know, but I’m getting one,” Courtney promised, adding she’s going to start riding in the Huntington team training rides. The bank’s goal is 1,000 riders.

Courtney has also come up with a great fund-raising idea: she’s selling little Pelotonia stuffed bears.

Courtney grew up in Columbus and graduated from Franklin University in 2005 with a degree in management and earned an MBA from Franklin two years later. She’s been working at Huntington since 2003, starting out in the bank’s call center. Courtney then worked in branches, as an assistant branch manager and then the manager of three branches in Lima. She recently returned to Columbus and is now an executive administrator.

Soon after her 30th birthday, Courtney went in for an OB/GYN exam.

“My doctor said I had some high-grade cells, which are a precursor to cancer,” she said, adding her doctor didn’t seem that concerned and wanted her to wait three to four months for a biopsy. Courtney wasn’t about to wait that long.

“I had to be my own advocate and push for the biopsy right away,” she said, adding everyone should do this. The very invasive surgical procedure took place three weeks later.

“When I got the news, that the biopsy was cancerous (a few days after surgery), it was very numbing,” Courtney said of the phone call. “I just sort of sat down on my bed.”

Jim was already on his way to his daughter’s home in Lima for his daily visit.

“Knowing he was coming helped … and then he got here and we just talked and started looking it up on the internet,” Courtney said.

Fortunately, she said, the biopsy had removed all of her cancerous growth, with safe margins. This meant she did not need another surgical procedure to remove any other tissue – and that she didn’t need chemo or radiation treatment.

She was referred to The James, where her doctors will closely monitor her situation for the next several years.

And yes, Courtney said, it was tough at times and a little embarrassing to talk to her father about certain parts of the female anatomy.

“It was weird, but eventually it’s all just science,” Courtney said.

Courtney is selling these cute bears to raise money for Pelotonia

Her fund-raising bears are lined up on her desk at work – and each one has a Pelotonia tag handmade by Courtney.

“Remember Beanie Babies?” she said. “These are kind of like that.”

There is no set price for a bear, instead Courtney has an honor box on her desk – and will rely on the generosity of her co-workers.

Courtney has grown a lot on the past year and said she now has a better perspective on what’s important.

“I know there are people who are having much worse days than I am,” she said. “They’re going through so much worse (in their battle with cancer) and that puts things in perspective and I’ve learned if something goes wrong or doesn’t get done on time, it shouldn’t ruin your day.”

This attitude and a supportive father have put Courtney on the right path. Now, all she has to do is start riding!

10 Things About Courtney….

Favorite ride

Coronado Island in San Diego

Dream ride

Smokey Mountains

Current Pelotonia bike

I don’t have one

Courtney needs a bike!

Dream bike

A Giant

Favorite movie

Notting Hill

Favorite TV show

Frasier

Favorite book

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Favorite musician/group

Dave Matthews

Favorite athlete

Archie Griffin

Favorite post-ride meal

Salty caramel ice cream from Jeni’s

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2 Comments »

  1. How can someone outside of Huntington Bank contact Courtney about purchasing one of her bears??

    Comment by Gary Sparks — June 8, 2010 @ 6:18 PM

  2. […] Courtney Andrews ordered a lot of cute, little stuffed bears and attached a Pelotonia banner she made. They’re lined up on her desk at Huntington – and her fellow employees can take one as long as they donate money to Pelotonia. There is no set cost – instead Courtney is relying on the generosity of her co-workers. […]

    Pingback by How We Raise Money For Pelotonia « The Rider — June 22, 2010 @ 6:18 AM


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