12th Annual Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century Bike Ride, October 19

(October 10, 2013) - Cyclists from around the region will participate in the Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century ride on Saturday, October 19. Riders will depart from the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah at 6 a.m. and arrive at the Riverwalk in Augusta around 6 p.m. Also known as "Patrick's Ride," the Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century is a 130-mile fundraising bicycle ride. This is the 12th year of the event, which raises money for the annual Harvest of Hope retreat for children and adults with cancer and their families. Since its inception, Patrick's Ride has raised more than $250,000 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 2013 event will be held in honor of 2-year-olds Rachel Kavlie and Tishaun Tucker. Rachel has acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is participating in a clinical trial for a new chemotherapy regimen.

Tishaun Tucker has T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After being hospitalized for a month at the Children's Hospital in Atlanta, Shaun returned to Savannah with 22 prescriptions. He has been treated at The Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center since then.

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 2013 ride include, Coastal Corvette ; OptimOrthopedics - Mark Kamaleson, M.D.; ACI Radiation Oncologists; Alliance Medical Physics; Northern Trust; Blue Goose; Coastal Allergy and Asthma; Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Campbell & Daly; Bud Robertson, M.D.; Savannah Perinatology - Anthony Baker, M.D., Lynn Leaphart, M.D., and Anthony Royek, M.D; Hancock Askew; Kiwanis of Skidaway Island; Low Country Cancer Care; George Negrea, M.D.; Savannah Vascular Institute; Savannah Wheelmen; Volvo of Savannah; Eastside Veterinary Hospital; Carrier; New River Auto Mall; South Georgia Cancer Care Center -- David Weems, M.D.; Yates-Astro Termite and Pest Control Co.; Pooler Imaging Center; Cedar Animal Hospital; Center for Breast Care - Paula DeNitto M.D., Ray Rudolph, M.D., and Elena Rehl, M.D.; Churchill's Pub; Donna M. Hammontree, LCSW; Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Morris; Richard Geriner - Northwestern Mutual; Southeast ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery; and Triad.

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