Cranston Engineering proudly participated with bicycle riders and virtual riders to help raise awareness and collect much needed funds for life-saving cancer research at the Georgia Cancer Center. A two-day event (May 10-11, 2019) brought people from across the community to ride, share personal experiences, promote the Paceline program, and have fun!
The Paceline event began May 10, 2019, with a thrilling Paceline Celebration event, including a concert, for participants and their guests. Speakers from around the CSRA community thanked the riders and fund-raisers who were there for supporting cancer research locally. Congressman Rick Allen came out to show his support for the project and to pledge support for cancer research. The night ended with a concert from country music star, and member of the Grand Ole Opry, Chris Jansen.
Our team exceeded a goal of raising $4,000. The team consisted of five 20-mile riders, three 45-mile riders, and ten virtual riders. All team members were riding for different reasons, but one Cranston staff member, David Mills, noted, “Cancer has affected us all in one way or another. Some of us have family or friends that have suffered the effects of cancer while others of us are cancer survivors. In 2016, I lost one of my best friends to cancer. Mike Burns was a marathon runner, a bike rider, an avid golfer and regularly volunteered his time to OneSight. I am riding in his honor to help raise money for a cure for cancer.” We are proud to have a rider with this much heart on our team!
Ride Day was a Success! Ride day started at 6 am May 11th, 2019, for the riders as they pulled into the Augusta University Parking lot and started to prep their bikes. Once they were ready to go, they lined up with the other riders. At 7 am, Team Cranston took off along the course! Cranston riders stopped at rest stops and took breaks to cool down or make sure their bikes were still in good shape. At the 20 mile point all of our riders stopped to either celebrate with family and coworkers or get a quick snack before finishing the long stretches of the ride. Cranston staff members Will Carter and Mike Lamar continued on to the 45 mile point!
Everyone had lots of fun and finished the ride with heads held high. It was an exciting time for everyone who came out.
To learn more about Paceline or find ways to donate to a team, CLICK HERE. Donations accepted through July 10, 2019.