Cancer. Have you beat it? Are you living with it? Are you helping someone who is fighting it? Has it taken relatives or friends from you?
There is a way to help
People in Columbus, Ohio, have found a way to raise money for cancer research. The objective is to fight cancer once and for all!
Do you like to ride your bike, and challenge yourself? Can you bike 25, 100, or 180 miles? How about riding your bike with other people. A peloton is a group of cyclists riding together. Pelotonia is an event that’s been taking place in Columbus since 2008. If you’re not up to riding, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities.
What’s really unique about this event is that every single dollar goes directly to cancer research. It goes to the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
People of all ages participate in this event this year. Thousands of people raise close to $2000.00. They put profiles on the Pelotonia website, have their own fundraisers, and ask people to donate. Many corporations match the funds.
Why do people participate in this event
” This event saves lives. The Pelotonia event provides hope, community, and second chances for people. The best thing to know is that every single dollar raised goes to cancer,” said Stacey Martinez.
The James Cancer Hospital makes sure that people succumbing to this disease aren’t forgotten. There are others riding who have cancer,
or are in remission. Many ride and volunteer because they simply want to help.
The Finish Line
Watching people cross the finish line is inspirational. Finishing 25, 100, or 180 miles takes training. It is not an easy task. Almost everyone
inishing flashes a smile, and signals the end with an uplifted arm Some couples and friends clasped hands, and rode in together. Their was also a flurry of applause and ringing cowbells by the spectators.
It’s not too late to give to this event. Maybe your small contribution will push the dollar figure over the $10,000,000 mark it’s supposed to reach by October of this year.
There is still a long way to go. Why not be a part of it. To find out more look at the Pelotonia website: http://www.pelotonia.org.
Were you a Pelotonia participant. What did it mean to you? Please share.