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GIVING BACK local living Ride for a cause and raise money to help Capital Health fight cancer. By Tony DiDomenico LIFE CYCLES a real difference in the lives of cancer fighters,” he says. In a few short years, the event has grown from 50 riders to 150 last year. “It’s great to be able to do what you love and are passionate about while helping others at the same time,” says Pratico. “As we prepare for our fourth ride, we have become one of the most successful rides in the country. I am so proud of our team.” Since 2013, the money raised from the Black Tie Tour has grown from $6,000 to more than $56,000. Another $15,000 was given to support local cancer research through memorial donations and $8,000 to help several local families. The Oncology Center at Capital Health was the fundraising event’s primary beneficiary last year. This year, it will be Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell Campus. The Black Tie Tour is now one of Central Jersey’s premier cycling events, providing upscale offerings, such as themed rest stops and a gourmet lunch. It consists of three T 78 he Black Tie Tour was born out of a desire to fight cancer. Launched in 2013 by Riders for a Cause, a local, all-volunteer non-profit, the tour raises money to help families in the area impacted by the disease. The group’s chairman, Phil Pratico, had a vision to create a cycling event like no other, with beautiful scenery, outstanding support, and a sit-down luncheon at the finish line. “With this tour, we’ve been able to make r e a l woma n on l i ne . c om

Life Cycles

Tony DiDomenico

Ride for a cause and raise money to help Capital Health fight cancer.

The Black Tie Tour was born out of a desire to fight cancer. Launched in 2013 by Riders for a Cause, a local, all-volunteer non-profit, the tour raises money to help families in the area impacted by the disease. The group’s chairman, Phil Pratico, had a vision to create a cycling event like no other, with beautiful scenery, outstanding support, and a sit-down luncheon at the finish line.

“With this tour, we’ve been able to make a real difference in the lives of cancer fighters,” he says. In a few short years, the event has grown from 50 riders to 150 last year. “It’s great to be able to do what you love and are passionate about while helping others at the same time,” says Pratico. “As we prepare for our fourth ride, we have become one of the most successful rides in the country. I am so proud of our team.”

Since 2013, the money raised from the Black Tie Tour has grown from $6,000 to more than $56,000. Another $15,000 was given to support local cancer research through memorial donations and $8,000 to help several local families. The Oncology Center at Capital Health was the fundraising event’s primary beneficiary last year. This year, it will be Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell Campus.

The Black Tie Tour is now one of Central Jersey’s premier cycling events, providing upscale offerings, such as themed rest stops and a gourmet lunch. It consists of three bike routes—10, 25, and 50 miles—that begin and end at the Hopewell Campus. The scenic bike routes wind through the beautiful Hopewell and Sour lands Mountain areas. The 50-mile route is for the experienced cyclist looking for a challenge. With less elevation gain than prior years, the 25-mile route is best suited for the occasional cyclist. And a 10-mile fun ride through the Capital Health and Merrill Lynch campuses (off the open road) has been added for those who want to make it a family event. Each route will be supported with first aid, ride marshals, mechanical support and a well-stocked rest stop.

Registration is $95 for the 50- and 25-mile routes and $15 for the fun ride. (Register by April 30th and receive a 15 percent discount.) Participants are asked to raise another $150 in pledges. The registration fee includes a pro-style cycling jersey, a light breakfast at the start, stocked rest stops, a commemoration medal and a luncheon after the ride.

Anyone interested in being part of the tour can register at blacktietour.com.

HELP IS AROUND THE CORNER

Go to capitalhealth.org/ oncology to learn more about the comprehensive range of services available to cancer patients, from diagnostics to treatment options, at the Capital Health Center for Oncology.

Read the full article at http://bluetoad.com/article/Life+Cycles/2770366/403745/article.html.

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