10th Annual Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century Bike Ride, October 15

(October 3, 2011) - 95 cyclists will participate in the Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century ride on Saturday, October 15. Riders will depart from the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center at 6:45 a.m. and should arrive at the Augusta Riverwalk around 7 p.m.

Also known as "Patrick's Ride," the Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century is a fundraising bicycle ride from Savannah to Augusta. That's 140 miles in one day! The 2011 ride marks the tenth year of this event, which raises money for the annual Harvest of Hope weekend retreat for children and adults with cancer and their families. Since its inception, Patrick's Ride has raised more than $200,000 and benefited more than 1,000 retreat participants.

The ride was started by Patrick Booton, a cancer survivor, athlete, and medical physicist who recently retired from the ACI. The 2011 event will be held in honor of Nasser Maleki, an ACI Team Member who was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, and in memory of Dave Kyle who lost his battle with cancer in November 2010. His wife, Jenny Kyle, works at the ACI.

To sponsor a rider or make a donation, go to memorialhealth.com/foundation and click "Events." For more information, contact Anne Cordeiro at 912-350-8934.

Sponsors for the 2011 ride include: Alliance Medical Physics, Optim Orthopedics, Savannah Radiation Cancer Care, PC; Savannah Vascular & Cardiac Institute; Bicycle Link Savannah; Coastal Allergy and Asthma; Seacrest Partners; Memorial Health University Physicians - Savannah Perinatalogy Associates; Dr. Bud Robertson, Jr.; Savannah Wheelmen; Volvo of Savannah; Carrier; E+ Foundation in association with South Georgia Center for Cancer Care; Yates-Astro Termite and Pest Control Co.; Atlantic Radiology Associates/Pooler Imaging Center; Center for Breast Care; Northwestern Mutual; Low Country Cancer Care; Dr. Stephen L. Morris; Quality Bike Shop; Savannah Tire; and Triad Isotopes/Coastal Compounding Pharmacy.

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