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A Reason To Ride bike-a-thon in Danvers to benefit cancer care

Posted by Amanda Stonely  August 19, 2011 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Danvers, Mass. (August 17, 2011) The fourth annual A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon presented by Fuddruckers in support of the leading-edge cancer care and research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is set for September 18. In addition to 10- , 25- or 50- mile bike rides through the scenic towns of the north shore, A Reason to Ride, a signature event of BIDMC’s Grateful Nation, features activities the whole family will enjoy.
 
Launched in 2008 by brain cancer survivor and grateful patient Tom DesFosses, A Reason to Ride has brought together hundreds of cyclists and raised more than $160,000 in support of cancer care and research at the Medical Center. In 2003, DesFosses was diagnosed with primary central nervous system lymphoma, a malignant brain tumor. To express his gratitude to Eric Wong, M.D., the BIDMC cancer expert whom he credits with saving his life, DesFosses turned his cycling hobby into a fundraiser in support of Dr. Wong’s Brain Tumor Center. Now in its four year, A Reason to Ride has expanded its support to include other cancer areas at BIDMC.

“I continue to be grateful to the staff at BIDMC for the incredible care I received and am thrilled that, through the ride, I have the opportunity to aid the Medical Center in its efforts to some day cure cancer,” said DesFosses. “The success of A Reason to Ride in such a short time is proof that cancer touches all of our lives and that people will pull together for a cause.”
 
A Reason to Ride features a variety of activities the whole family can enjoy including a complimentary trike-a-thon for little kids, a Fuddruckers cookout at the finish line, raffles, music, a car show and much more. Registration for riders is $25 per child, $60 per adult, and $150 per family. For more information please visit, www.gratefulnation.org/areasontoride where you can register to ride, support a rider, start a team, or make a donation.

When:
Sunday, September 18, 2011
8:00 a.m.
 
Where:
Liberty Tree Mall             
100 Independence Way
Danvers, MA 01923
 
ON-SITE CONTACT:                                                       
Jennifer Standley
(617) 667-7385

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