Monthly Archives: February 2013

If You Build It, They Will Ride!

Announcing the Inaugural PA Hope RidePAHR_banner2013all-layers-v2

Pennsylvania Hope Ride celebrates its first birthday 

In 2007, Kathleen Bond’s vision for the Pan Ohio Hope Ride had no boundaries, other than staying within Ohio state lines.  In 2013, that vision crosses the border in to Pennsylvania for the inaugural PA Hope Ride.

“Like cancer, our Hope Lodges have no boundaries, and hope for a future without cancer doesn’t stop at state lines,” said Bond, an East Central Division Board Member and co-Chair of the Pan Ohio Hope Ride.

The PA Hope Ride will commence in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 29.  Like its sister ride, the PA Hope Ride will include overnight stays at local colleges.  The two-day ride kicks off with a dinner reception on Friday, June 28 at Elizabethtown College.  At the conclusion of day one, the riders will stay at Kutztown University.  The ride will finish on Sunday, June 30 in Philadelphia.

Similar to the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, the Pennsylvania Hope Ride will raise money and awareness for American Cancer Society programs such as its Hope Lodges.

“Our Hope Lodges enable cancer patients access to leading edge treatment even when it may be found far from home,” said Bond.

Like its counterparts in Cleveland and Cincinnati, the Hershey Hope Lodge and AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Philadelphia have saved millions of dollars in hotel costs for guests who traveled to those two cities for cancer treatment.

“The miles our cyclists pedal and the dollars they raise mean more cancer patients everywhere will have access to care and realistic hope for a life with less cancer and a lot more birthdays! ”

To find out more about the Inaugural PA Hope Ride occuring June 29-30, 2013 or to participate on the POHR Team that will be riding this event visit


Cleveland Networking Event – February 12

Over 75 people joined us at the Cleveland POHR Networking Event last night to catch up with their fellow cyclists and welcome new riders!

During this Fat Tuesday celebration, we shared information about the American Cancer Society’s new partnership with Extended Stay America for overflow housing to support the Hope Lodge wait list.  This partnership was made possible by POHR rider, Ken Kleinhenz, and Extended Stay America.

In addition we shared information about the upcoming Cancer Prevention Study 3 enrollment that will be taking place in April & June in Northeast Ohio.  More information to come on the Kick-Off Events and study enrollment.

Thank you to all that attended last night. We have two upcoming Networking Events in the Miami Valley and Toledo.  Check them out here!


Custom Team Apparel Available

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Primal Wear Custom Apparel for all American Cancer Society Bike Events in the 2013 year.

Team Jerseys
Team Jerseys are completely optional and artwork/design must be coordinated between the team and jersey vendor. Day 2 is the official Team Jersey Day of the ride.

Ordering Team Jerseys

Click here request a custom quote and more information on the American Cancer Society Bike Event Apparel Partner, Primal Wear. With Primal Wear your team is able to produce quality custom jerseys and apparel.

Jersey Size & Pricing

The minimum team order for custom jerseys is 15 pieces. For jersey pricing information check out the Primal Price List For sizing information check out the  Primal Fit Guide

Primal Wear’s Give Back Program

In addition, your team will benefit with a 15% donation back to your team’s 2013 fundraising campaign for the Pan Ohio Hope Ride through the  Primal Gives Back Team Program.

Primal Wear Discount

In addition to team jerseys, Primal Wear, is also offering 20% off your purchase in their online merchandise store.  Download the coupon

Ordering Jerseys/Apparel

To order jerseys/apparel or find out information on Primal Gives Back please contact John Hutchinson, Primal Wear at 1.800.275.6953 or by email at or fill out a custom quote through the American Cancer Society Apparel Parnter page on Primal Wear’s site.

Event & Training Jerseys

Event Jerseys are separate from this program and are earned by raising the minimum $500 beyond the non-refundable registration fee. Event Jerseys will be mailed out prior to the ride once a participant has raised the $500 minimum. Training Jerseys are an incentive that are earned by the first 150 riders that raise $350 by March 1. These jerseys will be mailed out the first week of April. Day 4 is the official Event Jersey Day of the ride.

Have general questions?

For general inquiries about jerseys, other jersey manufacturers, or use of the Pan Ohio Hope Ride logo* please contact Paul Purdy at or call 888.227.6446 x 1222.

Body Weight & Cancer Risk

In the Pan Ohio Hope Ride not only do we ride across Ohio to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges/Programs, we also ride to keep ourselves physically strong/and reduce risk of cancer.

The growing data below suggests a strong relationship between excess body weight and increased risk of certain cancers.

This infographic highlights current research that shows the significant cancer risk of excess body weight, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. It also highlights ways to reduce that risk by following American Cancer Society guidelines for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.


Training for the Big Ride

In less than 6 months, the Pan Ohio Hope Ride will roll out of Cleveland for its seventh journey across Ohio!  What better time to get started training to pedal your bike across Ohio and to continue fundraising to make sure that you surpass the $500 required minimum fundraising (beyond the registration fee).

Training for an endurance event like the Pan Ohio Hope Ride is something that is very personal to a rider. We encourage riders to find a plan that is going to fit your availability, comfort, and preference of distance vs. length of time training.  Take some time to research a plan that will fit you best and try out a few of them to find what works for you. We have plenty of Training Tips on our site and registered participants have access to two sample training plans for download on the home screen of their Participant Center when you log in with your POHR user name.

There are many plans, online tools, calendars, and apps out there for download as well if you search that will help you get to the Finish Line on July 28, the above tips and sample plans are just a tool for riders  to get started.