Biking for breast cancer awareness

Saturday, June 16, 2012, marks the 10th anniversary of the Charlevoix/Emmet County Bike4BreastCancer Ride at Veteran’s Park in Boyne City. This event is held the third Saturday in June each year, raising funds for breast cancer programs offered through Charlevoix Area Hospital and McLaren-Northern Michigan Hospital.

In nine years this event has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars, donating $180,000 back to the community. Eighty-five percent of the net is spent right here in Charlevoix and Emmet County, providing services and support to the women who live and work here. The remaining 15% goes to the national Bike4BreastCancer chapter, which funds our website and provides insurance and support for the individual rides.

From July 2011 through May 2012, breast health services have been provided for 117 women at either Charlevoix Area Hospital or McLaren-Northern Michigan Hospital, which includes mammograms, ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans and biopsies. In addition, Charlevoix Area Hospital spent more than $3,000 in assistance with cancer related medical bills. All this was accomplished with minimal red tape; in most cases a simple phone call gets the process started. The money raised by Bike4BreastCancer through this ride helps to sustain these programs year-round

Community support is key to the success of any event; the give and take between the businesses, organizations and people of Charlevoix and Emmet County have put this event on top year after year. For a complete list of sponsors and supporters, check out the Local Sponsor page for the Northern Michigan ride on our website. On June 1, there will be a Bike4BreastCancer Cocktail Party hosted by the Team Kat Ride ladies at the Twisted Olive in Petoskey, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Michigan Mountain Mayhem will have a beer tent open to the public following their event on June 9, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Peninsula Park in Boyne City. All the proceeds from this will be split between the Bike4BreastCancer Ride and the Boyne City-Charlevoix Trail. Also, this year’s Bike4BreastCancer Ride is donating $1 per rider to the Boyne City-Charlevoix Trail project.

Online registration is open until June 14 at www.bike4breastcancer.org. You can also obtain a registration form at any of the area chambers or one of these local bike shops: North Country Cycle Sport, Revolution Bike, Bikefix Cycling Center, High Gear Sport and Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness. These must be received by no later than June 14, and the cost is $30 per person or $50 per family (two adults and any children 13 and under). Onsite registration is available at a cost of $35 per person or $60 per family.

We have some great prizes this year for the highest individual fundraising efforts. Sign in and onsite registration for the 55 mile route begins at 7:00, with riders starting by 7:30; 42, 20 and 7 mile riders are welcome to sign in and/or register and begin their rides from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast items are provided prior to the ride and lunch is served beginning at 12:15 p.m. There are also water and fruit stops along the 55, 42 and 20 mile routes.

Until a cure is found, the need for these programs will continue. For more information, contact Sue Morris at penbryn@charter.net or (231) 709-8714, or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/b4bc-char-em.

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