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