What started as a way to raise money for one local family, has turned into an annual event to raise money for families in Northeastern Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania stricken by the financial burdens of caring for a child with a life threatening illness. The event takes place on the last Saturday of July every year and is held at Pymatuning State Park Main Beach in Andover, OH. There’s a little something for everyone, including a Century (100 mile) Bike Ride, a 25 mile Bike Ride, a 5k Run/Walk, a Coed 4′s Sand Volleyball Tournament, a Motorcycle Run, a Kid’s Bicycle Ride/Safety Zone, a Chinese Auction, a 50/50 Raffle, Kid’s Activities Tent, Great Food, Great Entertainment, and much, much more!!
In 2010 my husband Chet turned 50. He had set a goal for himself to do a double century (200 miles) bicycle ride in one day. We were talking together and decided instead of doing this just “because”, why not do it for a “cause”? We knew some family friends that were going through a rough season. That February they found out that their 10 year old daughter (Emily Hunt) was diagnosed for the 2nd time with Leukemia. This put such an emotional stress on the family and a heavy financial burden as well. The lord laid it on our hearts to help them; therefore Ride 4 Em was born.