Danvers, in conjunction with Fuddruckers, will once again be the starting point for an annual charity bike-a-thon this Sunday to benefit cancer treatment and research.
The 6th Annual A Reason to Ride is set for Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. over at the Liberty Tree Mall and includes several other activities in addition to the bike-a-thon.
The ride passes through several North Shore towns and supports work being done at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Last year, more than 200 cyclists participated in either the 10-, 25- or 50-mile rides through Danvers, Wenham, Topsfield, Gloucester, Essex and Ipswich.
“We aim to raise $100,000 from the event this year and would like to see more than 300 riders come out,” said Peabody resident Tom DesFosses, cancer survivor and founder of A Reason to Ride.
“Cancer is one of those diseases that touches everyone’s life, whether you were diagnosed yourself, a family member or close friend. This ride means a lot to me and my family, and not only helps raise money to support research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, but also helps provide care to people and families each year who cope with one of the most horrendous illnesses in the world,” said DesFosses.
Last year the event brought in more than $55,000.
DesFosses started a Reason to Ride after he was diagnosed with primary CNS lymphoma, which is a cancerous brain tumor. However, a doctor at Beth Isreal, Dr. Eric Wong, was able to save his life, and since then, DesFosses has been doing his part to give back.
So far, the charitable effort has raised more than $250,000 for cancer research.
In addition to the bike-a-thon, there will be a trike-a-thon for kids, a Fuddruckers cookout, raffles, music and a car show.
Check out fb.com/AReasonToRide to get more information and to register for the ride this year. Registration fees are $25 per child, $50 per adult and $150 per family.