Harvest of Hope ride to help local cancer patients

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Just imagine riding your bike more than 135 miles. It's no easy task, that's for sure. More than 100 people will be doing that this weekend and they are doing it for a worthy cause.

David Udinsky is getting ready for a long journey. He says the rain won't slow him down.

"Just as long as there is no thunder and lightning, we are in good shape," said Udinsky.

Udinsky is one of more than 100 who will strap on a helmet and hit the pavement for the 10th annual Harvest of Hope Ride from Savannah to Augusta on Oct. 15.

"It's a fun ride and Patrick does everything possible to keep everyone together," said Udinsky.

It's Patrick Booton, a two time cancer survivor and athlete, who started this ride 10 years ago.

Because of his cancer, Patrick has a tough time talking, but his wife, LaVerne, told us his remarkable story.

"Patrick was diagnosed with his first cancer in the 70's at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Then in the 90's with cancer at Memorial. De wanted to do something that encompassed those two institutions to celebrate his survivorship," said Booton.

So, Patrick and three friends began this ride and in just 10 years they now have more than 100 riders who have joined them.

Their pedaling is worth every penny to local cancer patients, since it helps pay for a weekend retreat.

"It's an annual weekend retreat for pediatric cancer patients. They go and do crafts and pony rides. It is just a chance for them to get away and do normal things," said Booton.

In just 10 years this ride has raised more than $200,000.

The riders will leave at 7 a.m. from the Anderson Cancer Institute on Memorial Health's campus. It's too late to participate in the ride, but if you would like to donate or sponsor one of the riders visit http://www.harvestofhoperide.com/.

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