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Cyclists Ride from Savannah to Augusta to Support Cancer Patients

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A group of cyclists are biking from Savannah to Augusta to raise money in support of cancer patients.

This is the 12th annual "patrick's ride". More than 70 cyclists took off this morning from Memorial Health's Anderson Cancer Institute, many of the riding for someone special.

Patricks Run, also known as, The Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century, bike ride has raised about 300 thousand dollars over the last 12 years. The money goes to the Memorial Health Foundation to support programs like Harvest of Hope retreat and the children's hospital which directly benefits cancer patients.  So far this year, they've raised nearly 70 thousand dollars with many people eager to participate.

Peter Iannuzzi is riding for his aunt Sue who is battling ovarian cancer and is hoping to hit his 2200 mile mark for the year during this ride. Iannuzzi himself is living with Cerebral Palsy and knows how important it is to stay strong for yourself and others.

"Cancer is one of the worst wars that we have in today's society, and I don't wish it on anyone. But you have to teach yourself how to be a fighter and i was born to be a fighter," said Iannuzzi.

This year's event is being held on behalf of local children battling cancer.

Patick's Ride was started by a local cancer survivor named Patrick Booton who recently retired from the the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health.

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