The 2015 Ribbon Ride & Run event was a huge success, raising more than $25,000 net for the Cambridge Medical Center Cancer Patient Emergency Fund.
On Saturday, September 26, 212 participants rode their bicycles, ran or walked the course through beautiful downtown Cambridge to raise funds to help people in the area cope with cancer.
“Last year we raised $10,300 from our event,” said event sponsor K.C. Bohn of Outdoor Edge. “Our goal was to raise $15,000 this year, and we surpassed our expectations.”
Cancer treatment is expensive; treatment costs aren’t always covered by insurance. The financial burden is increased when you add additional travel costs for lengthy and prolonged treatment and loss of income due to frequent office visits, debilitating treatment side effects or care for a loved one who is undergoing cancer treatment. The Cancer Patient Emergency Fund is there to help with financial need, be it transportation costs, gas, mortgage payments, and groceries.
The event was kicked off by Bohn and Tim Elliott, a cancer survivor from Isanti. Elliott was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in February 2014. Although his cancer is in remission, Elliott’s recovery is ongoing. He is not able to walk on his own at this time but sought the use of a recumbent bicycle to remain active. Thanks to an anonymous donor and the Cancer Patient Emergency Fund, Elliott received a specialized bicycle that gives him some independence and allows him to ride outdoors with his young family.
The race ended at the Cambridge Medical Center where participants and the public were invited to a Health Expo sponsored by Cambridge Medical Center. The Health Expo featured health screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index analysis, breast exams, skin cancer screening, and health information. The event was capped off with a raffle for two Electra Cruiser bicycles, donated by the Cambridge Cycling Club.
Next year's Ribbon Ride & Run is September 24, with packet pick up and Fitness Expo at Total Wellness Coaching on September 23.