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Cancer Coalition's RIDEforHOPE fundraiser fights cancer locally

Spinning enthusiasts ride for the battle against cancer

Spinning International Master Instructor Josh Taylor will take participants on one- and two-hour rides in the April 26 Cancer Coalition of South Georgia RIDEforHOPE fundraiser at Tony’s Gym Spinning studio in Albany. (Special photo)

Spinning International Master Instructor Josh Taylor will take participants on one- and two-hour rides in the April 26 Cancer Coalition of South Georgia RIDEforHOPE fundraiser at Tony’s Gym Spinning studio in Albany. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Area health enthusiasts who enjoy a personal challenge are invited to test themselves with a beast of a ride at the Tony’s Gym Spinning studio April 26 and help in the local fight against cancer in the process during the RIDEforHOPE event.

Indoor cyclists have an opportunity to participate in two-hour and one-hour rides at Tony’s 623 N. Westover Blvd. Spinning studio during RIDEforHOPE. By having family, friends and other acquaintances make donations to support their ride, they will help the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s 100 percent local fight against the disease “right here, right now.”

Riders have until April 18 to register for RIDEforHOPE, but they are asked to continue raising funds through April 25. Prizes, including a one-year membership to Tony’s Gym valued at $300, a $150 gift certificate from Cycle World and four passes to Wild Adventures Theme Park valued at $185, will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. All riders will also be eligible to win door prizes.

Riders who register for either “Champion the Ride,” a two-hour trek that starts at 8 a.m., or “Animal the Ride,” a one-hour journey that kicks off at 11 a.m., will have an online giving page created in their name. They may then send a link to that page through email and other social media encouraging their contacts to contribute funds to support their ride.

“Let people know that you are riding to support the fight against cancer,” Cancer Coalition of South Georgia officials encouraged participants.

Donation tracking forms and envelopes are located at Tony’s Spinning studio and at the Cancer Coalition’s 2332 Lake Park Drive offices.

For additional information about RIDEforHOPE, contact Melissa Goodin with the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia at (229) 312-1700 or online at melissa.goodin@sgacancer.org.

Meanwhile, the community is invited to join the Cancer Coalition in supporting the free Faces of Breast Cancer workshop, which will be presented noon-2 p.m. April 26 at Phoebe Northwest, 2336 Dawson Road, by the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

The interactive workshop will allow participants to learn breast cancer basics, explore common myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease, and discover healthy lifestyle choices to help prevent it.

Breast Cancer Coalition officials say more than 8,907 women in Georgia will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

For additional information about the workshop, contact the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund at contact@gabcc.org or by calling (404) 633-6499. Information is also available at the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia website at www.sgacancer.org.