SRU’s “Race to Anyplace” benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
A total of 31 University-based and public teams took part in the 2016 “Race to Anyplace,” raising an estimated $30,000 in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.
Feb. 20, 2017
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Imagine spending six hours on a bike, peddling all the while and being no further away from your physical point of origin when you finish than when you started.
Ah, but the virtual places you can go are unlimited.
That is exactly what will happen March 4 when a variety of Slippery Rock University-based and public teams compete in SRU's 7th annual "Race to Anyplace."
The event, a six-hour stationary bike marathon from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Aebersold Recreation Center, allows teams of up to 12 members to ride with one destination in mind - a cure for leukemia and lymphoma.
Hosted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the race will help to "raise funds in the battle against leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers." Rather than pay a registration fee, teams must guarantee a minimum of $500 in donations to reserve a bike.
"Some teams truly compete, others ride for fun," said Ashley Hardy, a campaign assistant for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Participants will receive a free t-shirt, a mat for stretching and refreshments in order to stay hydrated.
The race will feature a DJ and music to keep participants vigilant and engaged as well as to alert them to rider changes, which occur every 15 minutes.
"Fundraising at this event makes the fight for a cure increasingly possible," said Hardy. "With the money that is collected, we will be benefiting patients and their families throughout western Pennsylvania as well as West Virginia."
In addition to the funds raised by participating cyclists, "Race to Anyplace" also accepts individual donations from non-riders and corporate sponsors. As an incentive for this year's participants, one event sponsor, North Country Brewing Co., is offering a $300 gift certificate to the team that raises the most money.
"Last year we had 35 teams with 334 participants raising $27,567.32," said Hardy. "As a result, we have upped our event goal for this year to $30,000, which would go toward research and family support programs."
Hardy said that SRU's event has been a symbol of healing and hope for many local patients, many of whom will be returning to the event this year to encourage the riders.
"One of our visitors will be Nathan, an 11-year old boy who was diagnosed at just 1 year of age with acute Myeloid Leukemia," said Hardy. "He is not only a patient, but a hero who will be celebrating 10 years cancer free in July.
"His is just one of so many success stories we have because of events like this and the money it raises."
With more than 17,000 Americans diagnosed each year with some form of blood cancer, the need for research and advanced cures is greater than ever.
"Even if someone doesn't participate in the event, they can still donate," said Hardy. "This event is about being a part of a greater cause."To register, join a team or to donate, visit: http://events.lls.org/pages/wpa/RaceToAnyplaceSRU17. The deadline for registration is Feb. 24.
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