Marsha Sorensen Biography
Marsha Sorensen was born on November 11, 1949, in Chicago, Illinois to Frank and Gloria Ziegler. She moved to California in the early 1970’s where she met her husband Ken. They had two daughters, Kristie and Janice. While living in Fresno she taught elementary and junior high school in Clovis and Kerman for many years. She loved teaching and inspiring her kids to achieve their full potential.
After she retired from teaching, Marsha was involved with many non-profit organizations in Fresno. She volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), where she helped abused and neglected children through the court system by making sure their voices and needs were heard.
She also worked and volunteered at the Fresno Zoological Gardens helping to raise money for our local zoo. For several years she worked and volunteered at Make-A-Wish helping to grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. She also volunteered at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she loved to take her grandson, Cameron, to the children’s exhibits.
Marsha’s most recent love and passion was cycling for Team in Training (TNT) with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She started out with an old bike and no experience as a rider, and ended up as a mentor and inspiration to many riders on the team. She loved the sport and made many lifelong friends on the team. When she started with TNT she didn’t know anyone affected by leukemia or lymphoma but became very close to many of the honorees she met on the team, and they became an inspiration to her while pedaling on long paths and up steep hills.
After participating in the Cinderella Classic in March 2005, with her close riding friends, she decided to do the same kind of event in the valley with the goal of getting women involved in the sport of cycling and having a good time. Sadly, shortly after she formed a committee to make this event happen, she passed away. In her honor, we are continuing to make this event happen.