13th Annual Patrick’s Ride, October 18

(July 30, 2014) – Cyclists from around the region will participate in Patrick’s Ride on Saturday, October 18. 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 the “Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century,” this is a 140-mile fundraising bicycle ride. This is the 13th year of the event, which raises money for families and children with cancer at the ACI and The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.  The money provides program support for pediatric oncology, counseling for cancer patients, patient assistance, and 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 $390,000 and benefited more than 1,100 retreat participants, helped to create a more family-friendly outpatient pediatric oncology waiting room, provided program support for a dedicated pediatric oncology nurse navigator and counseling services, and provided patient assistance for families such as fuel cards and meal assistance.

 The ride was started by Patrick Booton, a cancer survivor, athlete, and medical physicist who recently retired from the ACI. To register for the ride, to be a sponsor, or to make a donation, go to www.patricksride.com. Registration ends August 8, 2014. For more information, contact Beth Bethune at 912-350-1524.

This year’s ride is presented by Optim Orthopedics and Mark Kamaleson, M.D. The other 2014 ride sponsors include ACI Radiation Oncologists – Aaron Pederson, M.D., and Michael Hasselle, M.D.; Alliance Medical Physics; Blue Goose; Coastal Allergy and Asthma; Bud Robertson, M.D.; Low Country Cancer Care - George Negrea, M.D.; Savannah Vascular Institute; Savannah Wheelmen;  Yates-Astro Termite and Pest Control Co.; Carrier; Center for Breast Care; Churchill's Pub; Richard Geriner – Northwestern Mutual; Plumbers – Steamfitters Local 188; Stephen Morris, M.D.; Statesboro Oncology Association; and Triad Isotopes.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 654-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealthtwitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.