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Cycling fundraiser benefits ovarian cancer research
by Nicole Dow
March 12, 2014 11:01 AM | 4494 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / From left, cycling instructors Sonny Gholami and Marcia Dehaven participate in the Ovarian Cycle event in Atlanta in 2013.
Special Photo / From left, cycling instructors Sonny Gholami and Marcia Dehaven participate in the Ovarian Cycle event in Atlanta in 2013.
Dozens of cyclists will mount stationary bikes at Midtown Athletic Club in Atlanta March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Ovarian Cycle Ride to Change the Future returns to Atlanta for its 10th anniversary. The event, which started in Atlanta in 2004, has expanded to at least 10 major cities across the nation, raising more than $2.1 million in the past decade.

Last year, the cycling fundraiser in Atlanta brought in $162,000. This year, the goal is to raise $200,000.

Founder Bethany Diamond said her ultimate goal is to fund a diagnostic test for the cancer.

“We still don’t have an accurate test for the disease, and it’s very, very difficult to diagnose,” she said. “Unfortunately many times it’s diagnosed in its late stages because of that. It is the most deadly of all women’s cancers.”

Diamond said cancer survivors and the loved ones of those lost to the disease have participated in past events. The $50 registration fee is waived for ovarian cancer survivors.

However, one does not have to have a connection to ovarian cancer to help raise money for the cause. All cyclists are asked to meet fundraising minimums of either $400 or $600, depending on how long they plan to ride.

“Some people will ride all six [hours],” Diamond said. “Some people will form teams and share one bike between as many as six people.”

Some participants have been training for the event since Feb. 8 at Midtown Athletic Club, said General Manager Karen Foley.

“We’ve been averaging between 22 to 25 people every single week, and these are people from all around the city coming up here to train with us,” she said. “It’s been an amazing energy and just a great group of ladies and gentlemen that are training with us.”

Foley said some of those who have been training come week after week but there are also new faces each week.

Supporters who do not wish to cycle during the event can still participate in the fundraiser as “virtual riders” and make donations to the research cause.

If you go:

What: Ovarian Cycle Ride to Change the Future

When: March 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Midtown Athletic Club, 135 Interstate North Pkwy., southeast Cobb County

Cost: $50 to register plus fundraising minimums of $400 or $600; donations of any amount accepted from non-cyclists


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