Thanks for making A Reason to Ride successful

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the 12th annual A Reason to Ride was held to benefit cancer research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Together with his wife Judy, Tom DesFosses, a brain cancer survivor and the founder of the event, continues to organize this wonderful event as gratitude to the nurses and doctors who took care of him.

Nearly 200 cyclists and walkers completed a 10, 25 or 50 mile route from Danvers into Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Georgetown and Topsfield or participated in the event’s 5K walk.

This year, we honored two very special patients: Pat Ponticelli and Pierce Scroggins. Pat is a strong and determined woman who would not let her glioblastoma slow her down. In fact, she beat the tumor and this summer she became a 5-year survivor. Pierce also defied all the odds against him fighting for survival due to his germ cell tumor in the brain -- he went from being in a critical state in our ICU for months to water skiing in Wisconsin this summer and completing the 5K walk at A Reason to Ride. His dedicated parents Sue and Mark were also very, very special and they fought with him throughout this ordeal.

As we are still collecting donations from the event, we would like to extend our thanks to everyone who supported A Reason to Ride. Special recognition goes to the following people and organizations who worked tirelessly to make the event so successful:

Fuddruckers was once again the presenting sponsor of the event. Under the guidance and leadership of franchise owner, Jim Boland, the Fuddruckers team helped promote the ride and collected donations in all four of its Massachusetts restaurants. Fuddruckers held a kickoff prior to A Reason to Ride and fed hundreds of participants and volunteers the day of the event.

A special thank you goes out to our other sponsors: Beverly Cycles/B2, Brookwood, Dunkin Donuts/Galopim Group, EBSCO, Kathy Joyce Photography, Novocure, Panera Bread, Prescriptive Marketing, Singularity Group, and The Print House.

Thank you to our media partners HOT 96.9 and Country 102.5 as well as Clear Channel Outdoor, Lamar Advertising Company, and OUTFRONT Media for promoting A Reason to Ride on area billboards.

Thank you to our exceptional event emcees, Ramiro Torres, co-host of the Get Up Crew Morning Show on HOT 96.9, and former WCVB-TV, Channel 5 anchor/reporter and BIDMC board member, Susan Wornick.

Thank you to the Town of Danvers and surrounding municipalities for allowing us access to their public ways and working with us to ensure the routes were safe.

A special thank you goes out to the A Reason to Ride organizing committee of Bob Barry, Jim Boland, and Mike Maginn who work with Tom and Judy DesFosses each year to make the ride a success.

Thank you to the riders, walkers, and volunteers as well. It is because of your time and effort the event ran as smoothly as it did.

Finally, we would like to recognize each participant and supporter who is battling cancer. Your involvement is a constant reminder of the reason we work so hard to raise money and awareness for cancer research through A Reason to Ride.

If you were not able to attend this year’s A Reason to Ride you can still help the cause by making a donation to www.areasontoride.com. We look forward to seeing more riders and walkers next year as we continue the fight against cancer.

Dr. Eric T Wong

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center