Gears & Cheers HOPE Ride

Gears & Cheers HOPE Ride


WEST MICHIGAN IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO TAKE A RIDE AND YOU CAN TAKE A RIDE FOR A GREAT CAUSE. HERE TO TELL US ABOUT THE GEARS AND FEARS RIGHT IS JAMES BOND. WHAT IS HAPPENING ON SEPTEMBER 10? THERE WILL BE AROUND 100 CYCLISTS, MAYBE MORE THAT WILL SET OUT FROM GRAND RAPIDS. SOME WILL RIDE 35 MILES AND MANY WILL RIDE THE FULL ROUTE TO HOLLAND AND BACK. ALL THE MONEY GOES TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TO HELP THE HOPE LARGE WHERE CANCER PATIENTS CAN THEY FOR FREE. THIS IS AN IDEA THAT COMES FROM OHIO AND SOMETHING YOU HAVE DONE THERE. SUCH A HIT BECAUSE YOU’D RECENTLY DECIDED TO MOVE TO GRAND RAPIDS. ASK THE AMERICAN CCER SOCIETY HAS HELD THE HOPE RIDE FOR THE PAST 11 YEARS. WHEN IT STARTED IN 2007, IT STARTED WITH 50 OR SO. SO I POP INTO THE HOPE LODGE AND SAID IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN EVENT TO RAISE MONEY, I HAVE A GREAT IDEA. THEY HAPPENED TO HAVE A RESIDENT OF HOPE LODGE AND HIS WIFE IS FIGHTING CANCER RIGHT NOW. HE HAS WRITTEN IN THE PENNSYLVANIA HOPE RIDE, WHICH IS ANOTHER CANCER SOCIETY RIGHT. WE SAW A MINUTE AGO A PICTURE OF YOUR FATHER WHO IS A CANCER SURVIVOR. SO I KNOW THIS HITS HOME FOR YOU. YES. MY MOM IS A LONG TIME CANCER SOCIETY VOLUNTEER. SHE COFOUNDED THE RIDE AND SHE HELPED TO GET THE HOPE LODGE IN CLEVELAND OFF THE GROUND. MY DAD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN INCURABLE FORM OF LEAD CANCER. HE IS NOW A 25 YEAR SURVIVOR, SO WE ARE COMPLETELY BLESSED. THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY SAVED HIS LIFE TWICE, ONCE BY FUNDING A TRIAL THAT REALLY BROUGHT HIM BACK FROM THE PRECIPICE OF DISASTER AND THE SECOND TIME, JUST A FEW YEARS AGO AS HE WAS FIGHTING A RELAPSE OF HIS CANCER AND HIS DOCTOR SAID HE WASN’T — THEY WEREN’T SURE IF HE COULD SURVIVE ANOTHER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT AND OTHER SAID HE JUST RODE HIS BIKE 300 MILES ACROSS OHIO. IF HE CAN DO THAT, LET’S PUT HIM THROUGH ANOTHER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT. WE ARE VERY BLESSED AND THAT’S WHY WE LIKE TO CREATE EVENTS LIKE THIS. HOPE LODGE IS AN AMAZING PLACE. IF YOU CAN’T GET ACCESS TO IT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THAT’S WHAT PLACES LIKE THE HOPE LODGE ARE FOR. AND IT IS CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS. WHAT DOES HOPE LODGE DO? THERE ARE 33 ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE CANCER PATIENTS AND TREATMENT. ANYONE SEEKING TREATMENT , IF THEY ARE TRAVELING MORE THAN A HUNDRED MILES, THEY CAN STAY AT A HOPE LODGE FOR FREE. SINCE 2008, THEY HAVE HOUSED NEARLY 2000 GUESTS. 36,000 NIGHTS OF FREE LODGING AND THEY HAVE SAVED PEOPLE OVER $3 MILLION IN HOTEL EXPENSES. IT IS ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE, SO YOU CAN — YOU ARE GOING THROUGH ENOUGH ALREADY. YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT FINANCING AND THE GISTICS OF WHERE YOU ARE STAYING. YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR DAD AND WHAT HE HAS IN THROUGH. A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT THINK 35, 75 MILES IS A LONG WAY TO GO, BUT YOUR DAD HAS VERY LITTLE EXPERIENCE BEFORE DOING SOMETHING LIKE THIS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PRO TO DO THIS. ALL LEVELS CAN PARTICIPATE. I SHOULD POINT OUT MY DAD DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE BECAUSE HIS WIFE WAS THE COFOUNDER. AT THE SAME TIME, HE HAD NEVER RIDDEN A BIKE. HE SAID HERE’S HOW YOU TRAIN FOR WRITG LONG DISTANCES. IT’S NOT A RACE, SO YOU CAN RIDE WHATEVER PATIENT WANTS, SO WE STOPS AND BIKE TECHNICIANS. IF YOU WANT TO GET OFF, IF YOU AND TO BE A VIRTUAL CYCLISTS, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO FUND RAISE AND NEVER GET ON YOUR BIKE AND BE A VIRTUAL CYCLIST. SPEAKING TO THE CHEERS PART IS A NEW COMPANY. WE CHANGED A LITTLE BIT, NOT TO THROW A CURVEBALL, BUT DRAFT ROOT BEER AND THE CHEERS WITH SOME OF THE QUALITY WEST MICHIGAN CRAFT BEER WHICH IS WHERE WE FINISH FOR THOSE COMING BACK TO GRAND RAPIDS. YOU CAN SEE THE WEBSITE RIGHT THERE. YOU HAVE A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE DOING IT. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SEE THE MOMENTUM. WE HAVE YOU ON YOUR TALL BIKE. I HAVE SEEN YOU AUND TOWN AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU RIDE AND THAT’S A SOURCE OF AWARENESS FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR EVENT. AND THERE YOU GO. IF SOMEONE CAN RIDE A BIKE THIS RIDICULOUS A LONG-DISTANCE LIKE THAT, THEN ANYONE CAN WRITE A NORMAL BIKE. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR TOP WE KNOW IT IS

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