Go PINK for the Cure!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A new charity bike ride, the “Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off,” is set for Saturday, October 13, at 8 a.m. The event will raise money for treatment-resistant breast cancer research at the University of Florida and Shands.

The “Pedal-Off” kicks off at the UF Cancer and Genetics Research Complex (near the intersection of Archer Road and Gale Lemerand Drive). Cyclists may choose between 20-, 40- and 55-mile routes traversing the UF campus, Gainesville’s historic southeast district, local lakes and habitats and the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail. Proceeds go directly to the CSCRB (Collaboration of Scientists for Critical Research in Biomedicine) to fund important research against aggressive treatment-resistant breast cancers that account for 25% of all breast cancer deaths.

The CSCRB (www.cscrb.org) has already contributed more than $50,000 to UF & Shands to fund this research, primarily through proceeds from previous “NuNu 5K” races and the Pink Ribbon Cycling Jersey (www.cancer.ufl.edu/pinkjersey).

The “Pedal-Off” is part of UF & Shands’ annual community outreach event called the “Pink Pumpkin Fest”. This free festival raises awareness about breast cancer and about the many cancer care services available through UF & Shands. Participants may pick a pink pumpkin from the “patch” and decorate it to honor a loved one affected by breast cancer. There will be music and vendor booths on hand as well as a “Pee Wee Pedal-Off” for children ages 12 and under. Kids can decorate their bikes, ride in the Pee Wee Parade and compete for prizes.

Cyclists may register for the “Pedal-Off” via www.active.com. The $35 registration fee covers a specially designed Dri-Fit shirt, goody bag, fully supported rest stops and on-course sag support, lunch, and a commemorative pink pumpkin! For information, contact Gainesville Cycling Club members/”Pedal-Off” founders Barb Thomas and Barb Wills at barb_thomas@cscrb.org or barb_wills@cscrb.org or visit “Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off” on Facebook.

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