WEST SPRINGFIELD — In its inaugural year as a nonprofit, Bikes Fight Cancer raised more than $190,000 for cancer research and cancer services by engaging cyclists to fundraise and participate in various cycling events, including the Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride at Tree House Brewing Co. in South Deerfield on June 17. The event drew more than 300 riders of all abilities to ride and fundraise in the fight against cancer.
On Nov. 5, Bikes Fight Cancer distributed its second local donation in the amount of $36,500 to the Center for Human Development’s (CHD) Cancer House of Hope. Team CHH, a team of Cancer House of Hope volunteers and leadership, participated in the June event.
“We are honored by the overwhelming support and generosity from our Bikes Fight Cancer community and their partners,” Cancer House of Hope Director Margaret Toomey said. “This generous donation will help Cancer House of Hope stay committed to offering free access to therapies and wellness programs that bring strength, resilience, and hope to all who have received a cancer diagnosis.”
Bikes Fight Cancer founder Johnny Morin added that “we are excited that, in our first year as a nonprofit, we are able to contribute so much to such a great organization. Our mission of empowering our community to actively participate in the fight against cancer has just begun.”
Bikes Fight Cancer is grateful for its partners, who help ensure that 100% of rider-raised funds go directly to cancer research, services, and families dealing with the burden of a cancer diagnosis. Partners this year include Tree House Brewing Co., which provides the location for the annual spring ride, as well as Easthampton Savings Bank, Redbranch Landscaping, and Joe’s Garage in Haydenville, which provides services for the riders.
To sign up for the 2024 Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride at Tree House Brewing Co. on June 15, or to volunteer or donate, visit www.pledgereg.com/bfc.