About Diana Novak's SoulCycle Fundraiser

I’ve been dealing with kidney issues for more than half of my life. Most directly related to my being a natural producer of kidney stones, compounded by blood infections,  with the treatments a ranging from surgeries and stints, extended hospital stays, and now managing it effectively with the occasional IV antibiotic treatment.  But finding my way through to balance by diet and consistent exercise with Soulcycle has brought me to a new sense of freedom in my health these last few years.

From the beginning ride in 2015 to my more than 1250 rides today, I am proud to say that Soulcycle helps me everyday to stay out of the hospital.  I have had set backs, absolutely, when I get a kidney infection I can't just do over the counter antibiotics, I need the IV kind and a 4-8 hour window for them to get into my system, followed by the pills at home.  But the reality is I will take that any day over a week or a month in the hospital.

In a way to honor the way I have found to navigate my journey and to celebrate finding something that is truly helping me to stay healthy each year that I am not admitted to the hospital I make an effort to ride the number of rides equal to my age, in 23 days ending on my birthday.

Why 23 days?  Well, my birthday is Dec. 23.  This year I will be turning 38, so I will be riding 38 rides (rides at Soulcycle range 45 to 60min) in 23 days.  

This year will be a bit different as I will be riding with my new community in New York for studio rides, but this year also presents an awesome opportunity for me to still ride with the community and family I started with in Chicago on the SoulCycle at home bike and with live virtual classes.

The goal truly is to raise money to help the NKFI to better achieve their goals, to aid in education, facilitate free screenings, expand the understanding of how to live with the many faces of kidney disease, and to help the families of those who may have fallen ill.  

The challenge begins Dec 1 with a double, 2 rides that day, and as it's laid out now there's a quad day or two in there.. yes that means 4 classes back to back to back to back.  I'm ready to challenge myself, challenge my body, grow the awareness, and do it with my communities riding with me.


Starts at:  December 1, 2020 12:00 AM
Ends at:  December 23, 2020 12:00 AM


Virtual - Ride Where You Are


Allie Widmer

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Your support helps us provide resources and programs like our KidneyMobile screenings and Living with Kidney Disease & Transplantation to the estimated 1.1 million Illinois residents living with or at risk for developing chronic kidney disease.  Additionally, you are helping to fund four different research grants available to medical students, young investigators, fellows, and innovators. 

YOU are making a difference and helping us change the face of kidney health in Illinois!