The 6th Annual Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Some 375 cyclists raised over $135,000 for the fight against cancers in adolescents and young adults during the 6th Annual Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon on Sunday, July 18. Reid’s Ride is a 28-mile Bike-a-thon where cyclists of all ages and abilities pedal their way from Lynnfield to Cape Ann. The ride is the primary fund-raising event for the Reid Sacco Memorial Foundation.
Lorraine Sacco, Director of Reid’s Ride, remarked, “I’m overwhelmed by the results of this year’s event, on all fronts. Not only did the numbers of riders and donors once again significantly exceed those of the previous year, but the number of individuals wanting to volunteer and help with the event also increased. This year more than 150 people volunteered and helped support this event in a number of ways. The mission of Reid’s Ride is becoming its own messenger, and is reaching more and more people and is resonating with them. For me, that’s among one of the most important emotional rewards of holding this event.”
Walk for Sarcoma Awareness
Saturday, July 17th
On Saturday, July 17th, members of the Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation (JHYSF) and participants from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center walked for sarcoma awareness in the Team Sarcoma Initiative. It was about 90 degrees as almost 40 folks set off from the Yawkey Center at Massachusetts General Hospital to participate in the event. Walking along the Freedom Trail was extremely hot, but as one participant said, “Cancer doesn’t take a break just because it is hot.” Our walkers included doctors and nurses from MGH’s sarcoma team, patients, their families and friends. These events are important as they allow patients to connect with one another as well as raise awareness.
Bike Ride and Reception
Sunday, July 25th at 8:00am
We will start with a 60 miles ride from Brookline to Wrentham and back to Brookline and a reception for the riders will follow. We expect about 10 riders in the ride and 20 in the reception.
5th Annual Reid’s Ride Bike-a-Thon
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Lynnfield to Gloucester, Massachusetts
This was the 5th year of the Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon. There were more than 340 riders and 150 volunteers at the event, which raised $90,000 for the Reid Sacco Memorial Cancer Research Fund. The event is named for Reid Sacco, who lost his battle to sarcoma in April 2005 at age 20, and it is the primary fund-raising event to benefit the Reid Sacco Memorial Cancer Research Fund. That Fund sponsors programs aimed at finding better treatments – and someday a cure – for sarcoma and other cancers striking adolescents and young adults.
The moderately challenging route journeyed 28 miles along suburban and small-town roads, at the rider’s own pace, from Lynnfield High School to Stage Fort Park situated on the Gloucester shoreline, where riders, volunteers, and supporters were treated to a barbeque luncheon, music, and prizes.
Guest speaker, Dr. Michael Isakoff from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, was on hand to thank the riders. The Fund’s support is allowing his Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program to open additional multi-center clinical trials in sarcoma in this age group (15-44). Few sarcoma patients in this age group have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials, taking away some of their treatment opportunities as well as stunting the potential to find better treatments for them.
Walking the Freedom Trail for Sarcoma
July 18, 2009
On Saturday, July 18, 2009 members of the Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation (JHYSF) walked for Sarcoma Awareness as a part of the Team Sarcoma Initiative. The group of 40 adults and children consisted of doctors, patients, survivors, families and friends. Our goal was to help raise awareness among the general public, as well as allowing those impacted by Sarcoma to meet, talk and connect with each other.
We began by assembling in the lobby of Massachusetts General Hospital. We handed out signs to hold along our walk, and put on our “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” bracelets and JHYSF t-shirts (yellow for survivors). We then proceeded to walk the freedom trail in Boston.
We were definitely noticed! Along the route, by-standers would ask us what is Sarcoma and we would stop to talk to them about this rare cancer. That, in itself, made our walk successful. The walk also allowed us time to talk to familiar faces and get to know those who have recently been impacted by Sarcoma. New survivors were able to connect with other survivors and/or families. Pictures were taken throughout the walk.
Three miles and almost two hours later, we were hot but happy to have been given the chance to spread Sarcoma Awareness.
A gathering of sarcoma survivors and supporters
July 19, 2009
Fifty-two sarcoma awareness supporters and survivors met with 11 year-old Carly Laverty and her family on July 19th in Attleboro, MA. Carly, a 6 yr survivor of mesenchymal chondrosarcoma, and her family are dedicated to bringing sarcoma awareness to the general public and the general practitioner. Several members of ACOR’s online liposarcoma group attended the event and shared their sarcoma journeys.
Elizabeth L. Stroebel, PhD, BCIA, developer of the KQR Web Site, was on hand to explain her biofeedback therapy and how it relates to neuropathic pain.
It was a beautiful day in Carly’s neighborhood with good friends, new friends and good food.