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A Reason to Ride

Annual Bike-A-Thon / Walk Raises Almost $100,000 for Cancer Center

Tom DesFosses

The A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon/walk raised almost $100,000 for research at the BIDMC Cancer Center during its annual event on September 11, 2016.

The 2017 event will be held again on a Sunday in September. Watch this space or visit for more information as it becomes available.

Family Fun

The family-oriented event began at the parking lot of 75 Sylvan Street in Danvers (an office building near the Liberty Tree Mall) and continued with the participant's choice of a 10-, 25- or 50-mile ride. The routes wound through the scenic towns of Danvers, Beverly, Wenham, Essex, and Gloucester.

A Reason to Ride was presented by Fuddruckers restaurants and featured a trike-a-thon for kids, a Fuddruckers cookout, raffles, music, a car show and much more. For the first time, the event included a 5K walk through the residential streets of Danvers.

Riders and walkers raised funds for cancer research by paying a registration fee. There was no fundraising minimum.

Grateful Patient

The event is organized annually by Tom and Judy DesFosses of Peabody. Tom DesFosses (above right) is a patient of Dr. Eric Wong, a neuro-oncologist at the BIDMC Cancer Center, whom DesFosses credits with saving his life after his diagnosis with a brain tumor in 2004. The funds raised support Wong's brain cancer research and other cancer research at BIDMC.

“The hospital was so good to me, and Dr. Wong was so good to me, I felt I had to pay back,” says DesFosses.