Skaneateles couple starts new charity bike ride to benefit cancer survivors

“Ride for Alive!” will take participants up to 100 miles around three lakes

— Wamp and her husband already had had a taste of working to help cancer survivors by participating in the Connecticut Challenge, a bike ride started by their friend and cancer survivor Jeff Keith to help fund cancer survivorship programs and ultimately open a Center for Survivorship.

So the Wamps based their endeavor on Keith’s Connecticut model.

“This is his idea, one that he hopes and dreams will spread across the country, so we decided to start it here in our area,” Wamp said. “We’ve had the option and privilege to use his protocols, his time and research to really make what we’re doing a lot easier than it probably was for him seven years ago, recognizing that cancer patients go through treatment then there’s no real rehab for survivors.”

“It’s that period of, you don’t go back to a normal life. Because life isn’t normal. You’re living with a cancer diagnosis, possibly side effects from treatment, physical limitations, emotional challenges. That’s where this really came from,” Wamp said.

The Ride for Alive! will take place Saturday, July 14. Riders can be of any age or cycling ability, can participate as individuals or as teams, and can choose 10, 25, 50 or 100-miles courses.

All participants must get sponsors and raise money for their rides. Each distance has a required minimum amount of $500 for adults and $250 for students. There is also a registration fee.

The rides will highlight certain aspects of the three lakes in the area, Skaneateles, Owasco and Otisco. There will be aid stations every 20 miles with restrooms, snacks, drinks, first aid and bicycle mechanics.

Numerous Skaneateles businesses already have agreed to participate in the event, Wamp said. Mirbeau will host a dinner the night before the ride for the event’s “life champions” – people who raise $2,500 or more by July 1. Endurance Monster will use their community room for event packet pickup the night before the ride, have their bicycle mechanics available the morning of the ride and at aid stations throughout the routes.

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