Cyclists Honor Cancer Victims And Survivors During Pelotonia
More than 7,000 cyclists, with one goal, biked their way from Columbus to Gambier this weekend to raise money for cancer research.
"You know, we're going to win this battle someday. And its events like this that's going to make it happen," said rider Tom Wagner.
Pelotonia was founded in 2008. It was established with the goal to fund life-saving cancer research. It came just one year after Carol Meyer's friend lost her very public battle with breast cancer.
"I ride in honor of my best friend who lost her battle with cancer, Stefanie Spielman. We have a team, Stefanie's Team of Hope. And this year, we have 134 riders," said Carol Meyer.
Spielman was a cancer crusader and the wife of former football star Chris Spielman. During her lifetime, she raised millions of dollars to fight cancer the fundraising continues in her honor today.
"She'd be really proud of us. She'd be excited that we're still living her legacy, which is what she wanted us to do. She always wanted us to continue the fight," said Meyer.
An estimated 7,300 riders participated in this year's bike tour, raising more than $11.5 million. Every dollar will fund cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Since it was founded, Pelotonia has raised nearly $73 Million to fund life-saving cancer research.
This year, Pelotonia began a second downtown starting location to accommodate the record number of riders participating in the race.