WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --The Ride to Conquer Cancer announced Howard County General Hospital is the fourth benefitting hospital associated with Johns Hopkins Medicine to receive funding through the Capital Region's second annual Ride set for September 19 and 20. Funds raised through the two-day, 150 mile cycling event support vital cancer research and advance supportive care services across the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial, Suburban and Howard County General Hospitals.
"We are thrilled to have Howard County General Hospital a part of the second annual Ride to Conquer Cancer," said Michael Hibler with Johns Hopkins.
"Here in the United States, a staggering 1 in 4 deaths are attributed to cancer. The $2.6 million raised last year is already powering world-leading researchers and doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine to make transformational discoveries and treat cancer patients more precisely. Howard County will use funds from this year's Ride to advance their cancer support services," Hibler added.
The Ride is a two-day, 150-mile cycling journey through the Capital Region's iconic areas and pristine countryside. The event includes an overnight camp midway where participants enjoy pre-set tents, hot meals, showers, live entertainment, massages, hot meals, beverages and more. Along the route, Riders are supported by hundreds of crew and volunteers and public cheers stations and pit stops help make The Ride a cycling event for everyone. Annually, The Ride draws thousands of participants, and brings together communities of cancer survivors, patients and their supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.
"When my husband Greg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last fall, my whole world stopped," said Nancy Pekala, from Howard County, Maryland.
"Greg and I feel so blessed to live close to the best healthcare experts in this country who are helping him fight this terrible disease. We are so pleased to hear that Howard County General Hospital is now a beneficiary of this outstanding cycling event, and I am Riding to help support the incredible doctors and nurses who continue to care for my husband," Pekala added.
This year's Ride is set for September 19 and 20 and the start and finish will be held at the iconic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
"We hope everyone in the Howard County Region will join us in September, and we encourage all riders of all levels to register today and begin raising funds now," said Hibler.
"To register, donate or request information, visit www.ridetovictory.org or call (855) 822-7433," Hibler concluded.
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SOURCE The Ride to Conquer Cancer