West Cancer Center announces 2nd annual 'Ride to Fight On' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

West Cancer Center announces 2nd annual 'Ride to Fight On'

(Source: Valerie Morris for West Cancer Center) (Source: Valerie Morris for West Cancer Center)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The West Cancer Center, along with proud sponsors, announces the second annual Ride to Fight On.

The Ride to Fight On is a cycling fundraiser benefiting the West Cancer Center, which is a nonprofit partnership between Methodist Healthcare, the West Clinic and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The partnership focuses on cancer research.

The event will take place October 3 at Robert R. Church Park in Downtown Memphis. It will include a health and wellness festival featuring food, music, and education from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is open to the public.

“The inaugural Ride to Fight On was a tremendous success, raising over $400 thousand for cancer research and the West Cancer Center. We know this year the Ride to Fight On will raise even more funds for cancer research as well as provide a great opportunity for cyclists to enjoy a wonderful ride through Memphis, not to mention everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities including a health, education, and wellness expo Downtown in Robert R. Church Park,” Dr. Lee Schwartzberg of the West Cancer Center said.

The Ride to Fight On offers several cycling routes for all levels of cyclists to enjoy. There is also an optional time challenge for the century ride or the 100-mile route where those who complete 100 miles in four-and-a-half or five hours will receive a custom belt buckle.

The Ride to Fight On's official event jersey, designed by cancer survivor and Memphis artist Michael P. Maness, is available for purchase here. Participants that raise $500 or more for the West Cancer Center will receive a complimentary jersey. A special fundraising jersey licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, which features Elvis, is also available.

“Last year we had riders from 25 states and three countries represented so the Ride to Fight On is not only a great event for Memphians, but it actually introduces our great city to out of town visitors as well. We are looking forward to raising much needed funds for cancer research and the West Cancer Center, one of Memphis’ great medical research facilities,” Director of the Ride to Fight On Valerie Morris said.

The registration fee is $55 for adult riders; $40 for riders ages 12-17. The fee for virtual riders is $25 and $35 for cheer squad supporters. To register, click here.

If you don't want to ride, but would still like to participate, over 120 volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Registrant packet sorting/distributing
  • Registration
  • Start Line operations
  • Support and Gear (SAG) stop operations and food and beverage
  • SAG stop decorations
  • Finish Line Party Operations and food and beverage
  • Bike Check
  • Merchandise

To sign up to volunteer, click here.

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