11th Annual Harvest of Hope to be Held

On Oct. 6, 77 cyclists will participate in the 11th Annual Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century. They will depart from the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center at 6:30 a.m. and will arrive at the Augusta Marriott Riverfront around 6.30 p.m.

Also known as “Patrick’s Ride,” the Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century is a 135-mile bicycle ride to raise funds for the annual Harvest of Hope retreat for children and adults with cancer and their families. This year’s Harvest of Hope retreat will take place on October 27 at Oatland Island. Since its inception, Patrick’s Ride has raised more than $250,000 and benefitted more than 1,000 retreat participants. In addition to funding Harvest of Hope, last year’s event also paid for furniture in the children’s oncology waiting room and provided financial assistance for pediatric cancer families at Memorial University Medical Center.

The ride was started by Patrick Booton, a cancer survivor, athlete, and retired medical physicist previously worked at the ACI. The 2012 event will be held in memory of Nasser Maleki, who was an ACI Team Member, and in honor of Kelly Woodruff, the niece of ride chairperson Mark Woodruff.

To make a donation, go to www.patricksride.com . For more information, contact Anne Cordeiro at 912- 350-8934.

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