TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- The "Ride for Hope", a charity event benefiting Tallahassee Memorial's Cancer Center, is kicking off Friday night.
The event was created by a Florida State University College of Medicine student, in honor of his father Lou Farrah, a cancer victim. Farrah passed away in November 2006, months after the inaugural "Ride for Hope".
The goal of the event is to keep cancer patients and their families close to home, by providing the most comprehensive and compassionate care available, right here in the big bend. Cyclers will gather Saturday for six distance rides, ranging from a family fun ride and walk, to a 100-mile century ride through Tallahassee.
The ride's organizers say the event, now in it's 10th year, has come a long way since its start. "So there's rides for everybody", said Aaron Kinnon, Development Director for the Tallahassee Memorial Foundation, "For all ages. All skill levels. This event that started with 86 riders, and now its to over 750."
A vendor expo is currently underway at the North Florida Fairgrounds, ahead of Saturday's ride, that includes pre-registration, dinner, entertainment, and a special presentation. Then on Saturday, a health fair will be held on the fairgrounds, where attendees can receive free health and fitness information.