Monday, June 13, 2011

Over $6000 raised at Ronald McDonald House Night Ride

The Ronald McDonald House Night Ride was a great success on June 4, with nearly 150 bicyclists riding the Towpath Trail to help raise -- along with a great group of local sponsors -- over $6000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, every Night Rider helped the House offer families a place to call home at little or no cost while their children access the best health care. When families stay together, their presence can help a sick child heal faster and cope better.

In addition to making a difference, we had a LOT of fun! Check out the photo slideshow to see riders of all ages on all types of bikes, not letting the 90-degree temps wilt their enthusiasm for a fun night for a great cause. (Click here if the slideshow above does not appear for you.)

If the background looks a bit different than other Night Rides, remember this was our first-ever non-Peninsula Night Ride -- we started next to the Yours Truly restaurant on Rockside Road, then biked south to the Station Bridge Road Trailhead, where we enjoyed delicious Auntie Anne's Pretzels at the turnaround. It was fun to try something new and we're looking forward to being back there in 2012 for this event!

Special thanks to our fellow event sponsors: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Edward Jones, BrandMuscle, WKNR ESPN 850, Glidden / Akzo Nobel, Cleveland's KNR2 AM 1540, Athersys Inc., Erie Shore Women's Health, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, and Yours Truly at Rockside Road.

Photos by: Mike Petcher, Doug Charnock and Kevin Madzia.

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