Bikes Fight Cancer charity ride raises $43,000

  • The annual Bikes Fight Cancer charity ride raised 43,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last weekend as riders road around the roads of Franklin County. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • The annual Bikes Fight Cancer charity ride raised 43,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last weekend as riders road around the roads of Franklin County. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

  • The annual Bikes Fight Cancer charity ride raised 43,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute last weekend as riders road around the roads of Franklin County. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/23/2022 4:39:29 PM
Modified: 6/23/2022 4:39:10 PM

Last year, the Bikes Fight Cancer charity organization’s annual ride eased its way out of the pandemic with a limited field and raised $16,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This year, however, more than 200 cyclists hit the roads of Franklin County as the charity raised a record $43,000 through donations pledged to riders. Cyclists started at Tree House Brewing Company in Deerfield and had the choice of a short route following the Connecticut River in Deerfield and Sunderland or a longer one up through Gill and Northfield.

“Our original fundraising goal was $20,000, so obviously we’re overwhelmed,” said Johnny Morin, who helped found Bikes Fight Cancer in 2006. “All the riders I’ve talked to had a great time out there … Everyone came back and hung out at Tree House … they were a fantastic host.”

Morin started Bikes Fight Cancer after his dad was treated for cancer at Dana-Farber.

“It gives you a feeling of purpose. I lost my dad, it’s negative and it’s sad,” he said of the inspiration for starting the charity. “I was able to pivot that and do something positive and to be able to provide that venue for people who went through the same thing is a big part of it.”

The bike ride provides an opportunity for cyclists to get sponsored by friends and family as they gather donations. Morin said this year they had a new team named “Team Feeley, Yo!,” who raised $8,600.

“One of their friends passed away in May and they rallied to join us,” he said. “They came out in full force.”

Additionally, the event was held on Father’s Day weekend and Morin’s daughter, Grace, was there to help them work the event, which he said made it more special as the ride was started because of his own dad.

“She’s involved in every step in all of this,” he said. “It’s great to have her involved and she gets it.”

Donations are still open to the public and can be made here: https://bit.ly/3Nik7oB

Morin said they are organizing some smaller events throughout the rest of the year, but said folks should mark June 17, 2023 on their calendars, as the charity ride will be held once again on the roads of Franklin County. Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and get family or friends to donate to a good cause.

Giving people a positive outlet to hang out with other cyclists and have some beer and pizza for a good cause is what Morin said drives him and his wife, Meghan, to continue to organize the event.

“That’s what makes it worth it for us,” Morin said. “To provide the opportunity for other people to do something positive while they might be grieving.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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