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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

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Lodging & Transportation system to go live – April 2

The Lodging and Transportation Reservation system will go live on WEDNESDAY, April 2 at 9 AM. At this time riders will be able to indicate your lodging preference, bus/bike transportation needs, dietary restrictions, and other important information on your Pan Ohio Hope Ride experience. If you are staying in the dorms the payment will be taken at this time too.

On Wednesday, April 2 at 9 AM you will receive an email with a link to the reservation system. The link will also be simultaneously live on the Lodging Page as well as on Facebook.

NOTE: *Air Conditioned dorm rooms will be on a first-come first-serve basis and if you are requesting a roommate BOTH must reserve an air-conditioned room.

**ALL riders are required to fill out the Lodging & Transportation Reservation Form regardless of whether you are camping, staying in hotels, or are riding for 2 or all 4 days.

Lodging Options include:
Dorms
– $30 per night
Camping – Free (Camping not available at Case – please sign up for dorm if staying that evening)
Hotels – Rider’s Expense

HOTEL INFORMATION:
If a rider elects to stay in a hotel during the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, you can find information and begin booking now with our partner hotels on the Lodging and Transportation Page. Hotels are at riders’ expense and making your reservations as early as possible is recommended. *Daily shuttles will be running back and forth to partner hotels.

Other details:
Bus/Bike transportation TO CLEVELAND AND BACK FROM CINCINNATI will be available from:
Columbus (Otterbein Univ.)
Cincinnati
(Yeatman’s Cove) – Wednesday Only
Springfield (Wittenberg University)
Toledo (American Cancer Society Perrysburg Office)
Cleveland (Transport back to START LINE) – Sunday Only

Bus/Bike Transportation will pick-up Wed. July 23 and return on Sun. July 27. You will be able to reserve your spot for ANY of these locations on the registration form this year. More information to come on times/exact locations of pick-up.

If you have any questions about the Pan Ohio Hope Ride contact us at panohioinfo@cancer.org or 888.227.6446 ext. 1222.

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.

Joshua Johnson rides for those who can’t… Who are you riding for?

POHR rider Joshua Johnson recalls his experience with the Cleveland Hope Lodge and shares the inspiring story of why he rides for those who can’t.

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2012 was the first year I participated in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride…as a rider. You see, I’d been involved once before. In 2009,  I was a patient/guest at the Hope Lodge in Cleveland. During the kickoff dinner, I clearly recall the excited cyclists and their families enjoying a wonderful meal and time spent together before the event began the next morning. However, times were not so cheery for my wife and I. For the next year, I would be fighting for my life against cancer.

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In 2011, after making a miraculous recovery from two surgeries, chemotherapy, and nearly life ending complications, I began to set my sights on the upcoming POHR. I was never a cyclist to begin with. In fact, I spent my college years playing football as an offensive lineman at nearly 300 pounds. Cycling offered me a window to regain some of the athleticism I had lost. I was determined to participate in the Hope Ride again, only this time I’d be riding in it myself.

When people ask me who I’m riding for, I never hesitate: I ride for those who can’t. I ride for those who will be staring through the Hope Lodge windows at me. I ride for those who have gone before me in their own battles with cancer. For those who shared conversations with me in hospital beds next to mine. I ride, most notably, for those I never saw again.

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The POHR has impacted my life in two noticeable ways. First, it has obviously provided me a way to give back to the Hope Lodge and its staff for all of their outstanding, selfless effort. I was the recipient of unmatched hospitality while staying there and now I am able to raise donations to benefit others in need of that wonderful resource. Second, the POHR has become an outlet to raise awareness among those who may not know my story and provide encouragement for those facing their own battles. 

My favorite and most memorable part of the event has to be the kickoff party. Don’t get me wrong, the feeling of accomplishment after completing the ride is wonderful! But I truly enjoyed visiting with the guests/patients at the Hope Lodge and encouraging them. I guess this part goes hand in hand with my advice for new and returning riders: Try going inside and striking up a conversation with the people on the other side of the glass. You never know, they may be riding beside you next year!

Here’s to a wonderful POHR 2013!

 

 

 

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.

Announcing – Pan Ohio Hope Ride Merchandise

Announcing – Pan Ohio Hope Ride Merchandise
Show your passion and support the American Cancer Society’s Pan Ohio Hope Ride effort to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays with our new 2013 Pan Ohio Hope Ride merchandise! Get geared up with official apparel and show your support in our effort to end cancer!

Download the official  Merchandise Flyer and order form in PDF or Word Format – Pan Ohio Hope Ride Merchandise Order Form to place your order today!

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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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