Monthly Archives: March 2013

Calling all Volunteers!

Calling all Volunteers!

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The 2013 Pan Ohio Hope Ride is looking for an army of volunteers to help out with this year’s event. Did you know, it will take close to 1,500 volunteers to support the ride in 2013? There are many different Volunteer Opportunities including:

  • Water Stops
  • Kick-Off Dinner
  • START LINE
  • FINISH LINE
  • Recognition Dinner
  • Registration
  • Massage Therapy
  • Support & Gear Drivers/HAM Radio Operators*** (SAG Drivers & some HAM Radio Operators will travel with the Pan Ohio Hope Ride for all four days or a portion of the ride. Anyone interested in this volunteer opportunity has a separate registration form on the volunteer page and will be contacted with more details about upcoming trainings and lodging reservations.)

If you or a friend, family member, or co-worker are interested in helping out with the 2013 Pan Ohio Hope Ride please  visit our Volunteer Section on the Pan Ohio Hope Ride Website.

There are also many opportunities for community groups and offices to volunteer their time together as a group. If you know of a volunteer coordinator within your company or an organization that you belong to, please have them sign up or contact us at panohioinfo@cancer.org for more information.

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Carole Blackschleger Rides For Many… Who Are You Riding For?

Team Charlene rider Carole Blackschleger shares her experience with the Hope Lodge and why she chooses to ride Pan Ohio to remember and honor many loved ones in her life.

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Who are you riding for?

I’ve dedicated 2013 to the memory of my mother, Marion Fuerst – a wonderful human being who happened to be my mother and my best friend. She fought several courageous battles with cancer, eventually succumbing to it. I am also riding for my dear friend, George Bush, who repeating Pan Ohio riders know. He is in treatment for prostate cancer and will be pushing and encouraging many riders this year!

As I have for many years, I am with Team Charlene in honor of George’s wife, who lost her battle with cancer. Team Charlene and other friends will still be keeping her in our thoughts, and George in our prayers. You can call us Team Bush!

How did you get started with POHR?

The POHR founder, Kathleen Bond, introduced me to the event as I was looking for a way to say thank you to the Hope Lodge system. Thanks Kathleen. In 2008, I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. My oncologist recommended treatment in Boston. It was scary! In a matter of a week or two I had to arrange time off from work, do pretesting, arrange transportation, deal with the thought of cancer…but thanks to the ACS Navigator, I didn’t have to worry about lodging; I had a place to stay at the Hope Lodge in Boston.

Hospitality, compassion, friendship and so much more – the Hope Lodge was a true blessing! This is why I really ride, I could never repay the Hope Lodge for all it did for me in that scary time of my life.

Final thoughts on the ride…

There is no better feeling of gratitude than riding out of downtown Cleveland. The  streets are closed for us, police escort the riders and bystanders line the roads cheering us on. It can be overwhelming.

As far as fundraising, I have had success with yard sales. I let everyone know proceeds go to the ACS Pan Ohio Hope Ride and they usually pa me a higher price. The best preparation is getting on your bike and riding. This year I have invested in a performance road bike. I hope it helps with the hills, better gearing than my race road bike.

If you haven’t ridden before be ready for a thrilling time. If you have ridden before…you know, and you’ve come back!

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3-28 Fundraising Campaign

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3-28 is coming up! March 28 that is, but 3-28 also means we are only 17 weeks until the start of the Pan Ohio Hope Ride! Announcing a new fundraising contest: from now until 3:28 PM on March 28.  For every donation that a participant receive of $32.80 or more, the participant and  donor will be entered into a raffle contest for exciting Pan Ohio Hope Ride prizes!

Grand Prize – POHR Rolling Duffle Bag for you & 2013 POHR Polar Bottle for you/your donor
Second – POHR Gym Duffle Bag for you & 2013 POHR Polar Bottle for you/your donor
Third – Road ID Gift Certificate for you & 2013 POHR Polar Bottle for you/your donor

The raffle will take place at 3:28 PM on March 28 and will be announced on Facebook and through email to registered participants.

For tips, customizable downloads, and fundraising resources please visit the Online Fundraising Toolkit

Patty Brown rides for her mom…Who are you riding for?

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Team Michigang rider Patty Brown shares her inspiring story for completing her first POHR event in 2012, and why she’ll be back again this year.

My story begins with my mom.  My mom loved pigs, she collected all kinds. Growing up, our house was full of them from the pig mailbox outside, pig towels in the bathroom to the pig spatula set in the kitchen. They were everywhere!

I was very close with my mom. I was fortunate enough to take the summer off of work the year she died. I did everything that I could for her and I can honestly say I have no regrets.

My mom died November 19, 2009 after fighting colon cancer for about 18 months. She was 66.

That day changed my life. My son was ten and my daughter was seven at the time, and their lives were forever changed as well. Grandma wouldn’t be there to see them grow up, or do all of the special grandma things she did for them. Our hearts were broken.

I vowed I would do something, help someone, make a difference in at least one persons life.

Fast forward a couple of years…

Day one of the ride last year,  I don’t remember at what point, but I started talking to my mom. I talk to her all of the time anyway, but this was a little different. I asked her to give me the strength to do this ride and to finish it! I asked her to be the wind at my back, help me peddle up the impossible hills. I asked her to be with me the whole time, that I needed her. And I also asked her to send me a sign. A sign to let me know she was here with me.  (Although I did keep a laminated photo of her in my pocket.)

As each day passed, I just kept on talking to her. Not really noticing any signs and nothing significant happened. Until the final day. As we all gathered at the park at the top of Cincinnati, I signed the banner that read “Who are you riding for?”  I then went to the edge of the park that overlooked the city; it was an awe inspiring scene. Emotion overwhelmed me…I really did it! As I stood there, I told her I did it for her.patty brown 2

As we all lined up and rode down the city streets of Cincinnati toward the finish line, it was an exhilarating feeling of accomplishment. We all were so very excited to finally get to the end!

As we turned a corner, I looked up and in front of a building stood a large statue of a pig. Not just any pig, it was an angel pig with a halo and wings!!! Tears instantly flowed and I screamed “THANK YOU MOM,  I LOVE YOU!”

I know that was her, telling me she was in fact with me the whole time.

I am so very thankful for all of the things she has taught me: strength, courage, devotion, and most of all love. I will keep doing this ride, for her. For every family that has to go through what mine has. I will make my mom proud,  I will make a difference!!
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Patty is already looking forward to the 2013 Pan Ohio Hope Ride and offered this advice for new riders: “This is a very mentally challenging ride. Your mind has to be just as prepared as your body.”