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Share Your #POHRFamily!

The Pan Ohio Hope Ride relies on the the support of family and friends; now we are asking riders, volunteers, supporters, family members and friends committed to our shared cause to show off your #POHRFamily!  Use the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc to demonstrate how your own family supports Pan Ohio or how you have become “family” through your experience with the ride. 

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Share a story about a time when your family was there to support you before, during or after the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, or tell us about your experience as a part of the larger POHR family!  There are many ways to share your #POHRFamily!

NOT riding in July?  REGISTER as a VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT and become part of the POHR Family!  Register as a Virtual Participant, raise at least $100 and you will receive an Official 2015 POHR Event Shirt! 

Use #POHRFamily or email us your story at panohioinfo@cancer.org to share your “family” spirit and help expand our growing POHR Family!

2014 POHR Event Jersey is Here!

Announcing the 2014 Pan Ohio Hope Ride Jersey! This year’s jersey is earned when you have raised at least $1,000 (beyond the registration fee.) Our thanks to all of those riders who have already reached that level! (The first batch of earned jerseys will be mailed out in late June). Your $1,000 raised will mean a two-week stay at a Hope Lodge, enabling patients access to leading edge cancer care that may not be available in their hometown. Your dollars raised will make a difference in saving lives now!

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Currently our Rider Fundraising Average is $508 – are you above or below the average? Check out the POHR Homepage for weekly updates of the rider average to gauge how you are doing in your fundraising campaign!

 

Need help getting to the $1,000 fundraising level and beyond? Be sure to check out the Online Fundraising Toolkit on POHR.org and check out Top Tips from our Top Fundraisers along with other practical ideas to help.

*Introducing a new fundraising opportunity – POHR Donation Cards – we now have donation cards available that you can use as a tool to fundraise within local restaurants, retailers, and anywhere else that you can think of. They are similar to other charity cards that you see at gas stations where you can write your name on them at the Point of Sale and donate a few dollars. This process will be managed by you as the rider and will include the dropping off of cards, arranging the collection of the funds, and then turning the donations in to the Pan Ohio Hope Ride staff for credit. If you are interested in utilizing these cards please contact us at panohioinfo@cancer.org

Why I Ride – Mike Woods

Mike Woods is riding for a co-worker’s daughter who is just twelve years. He is riding for Nicole. Before riding in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, Mike cycled a few times for the Tour of the Roses ride in Austin, Texas and he didn’t know about the Pan Ohio Hope Ride until he saw a flier at Marymount.

This is a personal trip for Mike. He is looking forward to receiving a memento from Nicole so when he takes it out of his jersey at any point during the ride, he is reminded of her and why he is riding. He plans to give Nicole his jersey after the ride is over along with the “Riding For” placecard.

As a new rider to Pan Ohio, Mike is looking forward to a memorable moment from the ride. Having cycling experience from other rides, Mike is inspired by seeing all the cyclists, volunteers and families who support the riders. Everyone has a story to tell and positive kharma to spread.

Mike’s advice for new riders? Take it slow, drink more than you think you need and eat a lot.

Why I Ride – Steve Troxel

Steve is no stranger to cancer.Bike_Troxel2

His first experience with it was after oldest daughter had just been born. His mother was planning to travel from Washington to Texas to see her new granddaughter, even though she hadn’t been feeling well. Before traveling, she saw her doctor who recommended she saw specialist. The prognosis was stage 4 melanoma, with not much time left. His mother passed away five months later.

Three years ago his baby sister was diagnosed with brain cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme. She went through all the treaments; chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Sadly, she lost her life 10 months later, leaving behind her husband and three young children.

Earlier this year, Steve’s 12 year-old daughter was having stomach pain. The pain continued after trying two types of antibiotics and it wasn’t until his wife suggested a sonogram that revealed a large mass. Further testing revealed stage 3 ovarian cancer. According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, only 1.2 percent of females younger than 20 are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Consumed with tests, surgery and chemotherapy for the first five months of 2013, the initial results indicate the treatments have been successful for his daughter.

Who is Steve Riding For?

Steve is not only righting for his mother, sister and daughter, he is riding for others to show someone cares.

Steve first heard about the Pan Ohio Hope Ride in March, when his friend, Dave Riel from Dayton asked to create a team in honor of Steve’s daughter. Steve’s response? Absolutely yes, and team Kaylee’s Krew was born. Steve began researching what the Pan Ohio Ride was about after talking with Dave. A week later, he spoke with Dave asking to fly out from Texas to Ohio to participate. Without a bicycle, in the middle of treatments for his daughter and not having ridden a bike in more than 30 years, Steve wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into.

What inspired Steve to join the Pan Ohio Hope Ride? The cause of the event, riding for those who aren’t able, raising funds for the American Cancer Society, and the adventure of cycling 328 miles in four days across Ohio. Like many other riders participating in POHR, this is Steve’s first organized ride. POHR has motivated Steve to look for more ways to be involved in the giant effort called The Fight Against Cancer. “It’s going to take many armies to win this battle and I am pleased to be part of the fight.  The amount of effort from so many dedicated people who make this event possible gives hope that this is a battle which can be won.”

Steve’s Fundraising Tips

Steve manages a large mailing list of people who have been following the story with his sister and daughter for the last several years.  So many people from all over the world are affected by cancer.  When he told them he was riding to support families going through the battle and asked for their help, they responded. He is pleased with the amount of money raised and especially pleased with the number of people who have donated; more than 200.  Steve’s one and only technique: Tell your story and ask.

Training Advice for New Riders

Although Steve is a new POHR rider himself, his training advice includes:

  1. If your goal is to ride a long ride like POHR, quickly get your riding level up to 25 miles, ride often, and learn to enjoy the ride. 
  2. Understand that as you increase your mileage, it will be normal for your butt to get sore. It does get less uncomfortable if you keep it up. 
  3. Give yourself enough time to train. The amount of time varies for each rider and Steve is not sure how much is enough for others, especially since he was only able to really train on the bike for six weeks prior to POHR.This might not enough but he had logged a lot of running miles before starting, which has helped.

A New Love for Cycling

Bike_Troxel1Steve has really enjoyed getting involved in biking. POHR gave him a goal and the motivation to train. He is hooked on cycling and hopes to find other opportunities to ride and raise money for the fight against cancer. Every time he rides, he praises God that my legs and lungs still work. He knows that many people around the world would love to ride but are physically not able; his sister would have loved to ride across Ohio.

“I often think that I ride and run simply because I can; many others cannot and, while I can, I will keep going.”

Stay tuned for a follow and hear about Steve’s Pan Ohio experience.

Penske Truck Rental’s Continued Support of the American Cancer Society

Penske Truck Rental’s Continued Support of the American Cancer Society

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Since its inception in 2007, the Pan Ohio Hope Ride has covered 1,968 miles of concrete and blacktop throughout the state of Ohio.  In the ride’s 6 year existence, no matter the number of riders or the weather they’ve encountered, one thing has remained constant, Penske.

Through a generous donation, Penske Truck Rental has donated dozens of trucks since the Hope Ride commenced.

A Penske moving truck is more than a bike and luggage hauler, it is a symbol of hope and a comforting sign that the finish line has finally arrived after a relentless day of leg cramps, sweat, and hunger!

In 2012, Penske supplied 11 trucks to the American Cancer Society’s Pan Ohio Hope Ride, which transported and secured nearly 500 bicycles over the four day ride, along with luggage as well.  Without this support, the Hope Ride would not be as successful an event that it has been.

“We strive to make our event safe, fun, and meaningful,” said Pan Ohio Hope Ride Founding Co-Chair Kathleen Bond.  “With Penske’s help, we make the entire event logistically possible.”

Due in part to the great success and continued growth of the annual Pan Ohio Hope Ride, Penske will become more involved in 2013 as it will supply similar support to the inaugural PA Hope Ride.  The PA Hope Ride will take place June 29-30.  The Pennsylvania version will travel from the Hershey Hope Lodge to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Philadelphia.

“We are very pleased to serve as the official truck rental provider for the Pan Ohio Hope Ride event,” said Luke DeCesare, Director of Rental for Penske’s North Central region.  “The American Cancer Society does great work in the community, and we are glad to play a small role in their success.”

No matter the state traveled or the Hope lodges involved, the bright yellow Penske moving trucks mean one thing more than any other to the cyclists, completion.

“Those yellow trucks shine like a welcoming beacon at the end of each day’s journey,” said Bond.  “To our riders, they are a symbol of a day’s ride well done.”

Follow the Pan Ohio Hope Ride and Penske Truck Rental:

facebook.com/panohio                              twitter.com/panohiohoperide
facebook.com/pensketruckrental            twitter.com/penskemoving

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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.”