Bike ride, run/walk to benefit cancer patient assistance fund

Enjoy a bike ride, run or walk in Cambridge Oct. 12 and make a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer.

Outdoor Edge and Cambridge Cycling Club in Cambridge will host a 10-mile Bike Ride or 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. to benefit the Cambridge Medical Center Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.

The event begins at Outdoor Edge and ends at Cambridge Medical Center. There is a $25 registration fee and participants may sign up at the Outdoor Edge, or online at Participants will also be able to register the day of the event.

The registration fee also includes lunch at Cambridge Medical Center following the ride or run/walk, as well as a silent and live auction.

The Cambridge Cycling Club has donated an Electra Cruiser “Black Betty” bike, valued at $599, to be raffled off at the Oct. 12 event.
The Cambridge Cycling Club has donated an Electra Cruiser “Black Betty” bike, valued at $599, to be raffled off at the Oct. 12 event.

As part of the event, the Cambridge Cycling Club has also donated an Electra Cruiser “Black Betty” bike, valued at $599, to be raffled off at the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Harbor Room at Cambridge Medical Center or at Outdoor Edge for $5 per ticket.

Bonnie Gutzkow-Bowman, resource center coordinator and health unit coordinator at Cambridge Medical Center, explained the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund is a vital fund.

“This fund is used to provide financial assistance to patients undergoing cancer treatment with help such as fuel cards to get to and from medical appointments, basic living expenses such as food, or assistance with medical bills,” Gutzkow-Bowman said. “Sign up today to support this great cause and join us for all of the fun Oct. 12.”

K.C. Bohn, owner of Outdoor Edge, has previously held six Trek WSD Breast Cancer Rides in October to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He said this year he decided to expand the event to include a run/walk, with proceeds benefitting the local Harbor Room.

“This cause is personally important to me as my mother, mother-in-law and two sisters all had breast cancer,” Bohn said. “My father had skin cancer, and my father-in-law also had cancer. Cancer has really impacted my family, and this event is just one small way we can give back to our community.”

Bohn is hoping for another successful event and mentioned, of the past six fundraising events, three of those events resulted in the top 10 for fundraising for the event. Those events involved more than 100 bike stores.

“This event is really about giving back to the community,” Bohn said. “This is the type of event everyone can get involved with, and it’s a great opportunity to raise funds for a good cause. Most everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by cancer in some way.”

Gutzkow-Bowman said cancer diagnoses are hard on everyone involved.

“We know that a journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery is challenging for our patients and their families,” Gutzkow-Bowman said. “We also know that for many of our patients, the stress of this journey is complicated by financial pressures. Our knowledgeable staff do everything they can to connect patients with available resources, but sometimes patients still are not able to make ends meet.”

The Cambridge Medical Center Foundation’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund helps relieve some of the financial burden for their patients.

“The fund can pay for prescriptions or medical supplies that are not covered by insurance or any other hospital discount or charity care program,” Gutzkow-Bowman said. “The fund can also help to pay for essential living expenses such as rent, essential utilities, transportation and day care. The Cancer Patient Assistance Fund is administered at no cost by the Foundation and Harbor Room, so 100 percent of your donation is used to help those in need.”

Bohn mentioned he is still looking for sponsors for the Oct. 12 event through a financial donation or a contribution to the silent or live auction. Bohn can be reached at the Outdoor Edge, 115 Adams St. S., Cambridge, or by calling 763-552-3343.