WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) — Nearly 300 cyclists are riding across the state to raise money for the American Cancer Society in the Pan-Ohio Hope Ride.
It is day two of a 328-mile ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland. On Friday, cyclists started in Springfield and ended at Otterbein University.
Paul Musso pedals in honor of his sister, Laurie Cruz, who passed away from brain cancer in February 2017.
“It’s a tough ride, but the way we see it is, cancer’s a lot tougher.”
He rides together with his family — Laurie’s son, nephew, brothers, and sister are all here to continue her legacy.
“The advances that they made so far in some of the treatments and some of the experimentation, really kept her and gave her several more years with us,” Musso said.
“We really want to see that for other people as well.”
The goal for the entire ride is to raise $850,000. The event is now in its 12th year. The American Cancer Society hopes to pass the $8 million mark for the event’s lifetime, says Maggie Walters with the American Cancer Society.
“We’re spreading awareness from Cincinnati all the way up to Cleveland.”
You can still donate online to help fund research and free housing for cancer patients at the Hope Lodges.
Arch Cunningham has been waiting to do this ride since 2012.
“I don’t want to go through this fast, let’s just take it in,” Cunningham said.
“I wanted to do this ride ever since a friend of mine really, got cancer and then a year later, I got cancer,” he explained. “I had melanoma on my shoulder.”
Some riders have just begun their cancer journeys. Some are survivors. All of them are helping to fight against the disease.
Cunningham has been cancer free now for 6 years.
“Never give up,” he said. “Never give up.”