Katelynn's Ride benefits Massachusetts cancer research
AMHERST On June 5, hundreds will gather for the 11th annual Katelynn's Ride to benefit Baystate Regional Cancer Programs Pediatric Oncology and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.
Katelynn's Ride was founded in memory of Katelynn Battista of West Springfield who lost her battle with cancer in 1997 at age 11. To date, Katelynn's Ride has raised more than $1.3 million in the fight against cancer. This year's goal is to raise $175,000.
Katelynn's Ride participants are comprised of all ages and skill levels who choose between riding 10-, 25-, 50-, or 100-mile loops; each begins and ends at Hampshire College. Katelynn's family and friends will join the 400 cyclists and 100 volunteers, with representation from Massachusetts to as far away as Alaska.
The post-ride celebration will include a barbeque, live entertainment by the Brian Jarvis Band, and activities for the family including face painting, magic shows and a visit from the Forest Park Petting Zoo. Katelynn's Ride will also host Baystate's state-of-the-art mobile blood donor unit.
This year has proven to be another exciting year for Katelynn's Ride with the recent partnership with the Danny Turgeon Memorial Hockey Challenge this past March. The second annual adult hockey event, held at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, successfully raised more than $10,900 for Katelynn's Ride.
Katelynn's Ride continues to take online registrations for both cyclists and volunteers at kride.org. Riders age 18 and older are required to raise a minimum of $300, and riders age 17 and younger must raise a minimum of $100. Riders choose how their fund-raising dollars are distributed between the Baystate Regional Cancer Programs Pediatric Oncology and the Jimmy Fund. There is a $30 rider registration fee. Participants are encouraged to register early, as slots are limited. Katelynn's Ride, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation.
For more information about Katelynn's Ride, visit kride.org
or call 303-9233.