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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!

POHR 2014 Event Jersey

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

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 www.PAHopeRide.org

Above And Beyond the Fight Against Cancer

Above And Beyond the Fight Against Cancer

As the Pan Ohio Hope Ride Grows,
so does Team Cleveland Clinic

Partick Surdy joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2009. After less than two weeks with the clinic, he approached the Chair of the Cancer Institute and blindly asked for any and all support for the Pan Ohio Hope Ride.

Answering the call to action for riders, clinic staff went above and beyond expectations.
“The first year I just wanted to get people on the team,” remembers Surdy. “My goal was 10 riders and 30 signed up.”

Today, the Cleveland Clinic’s team growth mirrors that of the Hope Ride. In 2012, 66 Cleveland Clinic employees, patients, and friends participated in the four-day, 328 mile bike ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati. Overall, the Clinic team members cycled 18,600 combined miles and raised over $120,000.

“We try to make it a family atmosphere,” Surdy notes. “Everybody is riding because cancer has touched them. This is an opportunity to meet and build camaraderie.”

As each Hope Ride passes, the team continues to come back and takes a strong ownership in its role in the fight against cancer.

“I’ve gotten to meet a lot of really cool people both in and out of the clinic who are just great human beings,” said Surdy.

Surdy is committed to continuing his role with the Cleveland Clinic team, helping to lead the year-long effort. “Every year I am so touched,” Surdy proudly exclaims. “With the support of the clinic, our employees, and all our riders, we continue to pull more people in.”

“The efforts of team captain Pat Surdy and the 32 other clinic employees in completing this 4-day event are just extraordinary,” said former Derek Raghavan MD PhD, former Chair & Director of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute after the Clinic’s first year participating. “This is the realization of Pat’s dream and is a great tribute to his leadership, grit and determination. I’m really proud to have been associated with them and to have been able to support their activities