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BIDMC Hosts Third Annual A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon

All funds raised support cancer care and research at the medical center

BOSTON -- The third annual A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon presented by Fuddruckers in support of the leading-edge cancer care and research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is set for Sept. 12. In addition to 10- , 25- or 50- mile bike rides through the scenic towns of the north shore, A Reason to Ride, a signature event of BIDMC's Grateful Nation, features activities the whole family will enjoy.

Launched in 2008 by brain cancer survivor and grateful patient Tom DesFosses, A Reason to Ride has brought together hundreds of cyclists and raised close to $100,000 in just three years. With an ambitious fundraising goal of $80,000, this year's event will kick off at 8 a.m. from the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers, and cyclists will ride through Danvers, Beverly, Wenham, Essex and Gloucester.

DesFosses was diagnosed with primary CNS lymphoma, a malignant brain tumor, in 2003. To express his gratitude to Eric Wong, M.D., the BIDMC cancer expert whom he credits with saving his life, DesFosses turned his cycling hobby into a fundraiser to support Wong's efforts in treatment and research. Wong, co-director of the Brain Tumor Center and director of the Neuro-Oncology Unit at BIDMC, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain or spinal cord tumors and in the development and testing of new drugs for these diseases.

"After having been diagnosed with a brain tumor and successfully treated, I wanted to find a way to give back," said DesFosses. "Dr. Eric Wong and all the folks at BIDMC gave me my life. This bike-a-thon is a way for me to express my gratitude for their support and care, with the hope that funds raised will bring us closer to finding a cure."

A Reason to Ride features a variety of activities the whole family can enjoy including a complimentary trike-a-thon for little kids, a Fuddruckers cookout at the finish line, raffles, music, a car show and much more. Registration for riders is $25 per child, $50 per adult, and $125 per family. For more information please visit, www.gratefulnation.org/areasontoride where you can register to ride, support a rider, start a team, or make a donation.

Fuddruckers is proud to present the A Reason to Ride bike-a-thon for the second year in a row. With locations in Methuen, North Andover, Reading, and Saugus, Fuddruckers is home to the "World's Greatest Hamburgers" and has been named "America's Best" burger in a CitySearch poll.

Grateful Nation is a BIDMC fundraising program that brings together grateful patients, families, and friends eager to support the quality care and groundbreaking research at the medical center. A Reason to Ride is just one of the many events organized by Grateful Nation. To learn about other events -- including walks, tennis, or golf tournaments, and dinners-please visit Grateful Nation.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching, and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and consistently ranks among the top four in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.