Supporters of Bike Ride Benefiting UNC Kidney Patients Share Their Story

UNC Kidney Center Director Ron Falk, MD, recently sat down for a conversation with Smith Doss and Claude Monnier, two incredible individuals who support the annual Raven Rock Ramble bike race as corporate-level sponsors, volunteers and participants. The Raven Rock Ramble, which is organized by David Cole, is a 100-mile bike ride, which promotes awareness of organ donation issues, and benefits the UNC Kidney Center. The 15th Raven Rock Ramble is on Sunday, May 1.

Supporters of Bike Ride Benefiting UNC Kidney Patients Share Their Story click to enlarge Smith Doss and Claude Monnier
"When David started the ride, we looked at each other and said...Here we can help someone, who's alive, helping people who are afflicted with the same condition...Why don't we both volunteer and sponsor, because we care and it's going to be good for the community." 
- Claude Monnier  

Falk interviews Smith and Claude about their love for biking, their adventures on a tandem bike, and why they choose to support this event.

Topics of discussion in this podcast include

  • Smith and Claude's adventures together on a tandem bike
  • Thoughts on what makes the Raven Rock Ramble a special event
  • Thoughts on the appeal of riding a 100-mile bike ride
  • Smith and Claude discuss why they choose to support the Raven Rock Ramble
  • Claude describes childhood bike riding in France, and her family's connection to John Wayne
  • What people can do to help support the Raven Rock Ramble

Listen to the podcast on the UNC Kidney Center website

More about the Raven Rock Ramble

The Raven Rock Ramble is a century (100-mile) bicycle ride that explores the four-county area (Wake, Harnett, Lee, and Chatham) around Raven Rock State Park. Proceeds from the event benefit the UNC Kidney Center for direct patient services. Since its start in 2002, the Raven Rock Ramble has raised over $198,000 toward kidney health and awareness.

This year's registration has sold out, but there are many opportunities to volunteer your time or to give a donation. 

Be sure you catch David Cole's podcast with Dr. Falk from 2015. You can listen to it here.