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Annual Bike Ride to Fight Cancer is Gearing Up

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Duke Health News 919-660-1306

DURHAM, N.C. -- The organizers of the 6th annual Joann Gaddy Grimes Bike Ride To Fight Cancer, to be held Oct. 8 from Greensboro to Durham, are looking for volunteers, sponsors and riders to help raise money for Duke cancer research.

In order to participate, riders must contribute a minimum of $150, raised through personal donation or from sponsors and friends. Transportation will be available for Triangle area riders and their bikes to get to Greensboro, and for Triad area riders to return to Greensboro. Volunteers are needed to hand out water, cheer on the riders and greet them at the finish line at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium.

All contributions, fully tax-deductible, will help fund cancer research at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sponsors who donate more than $1,000 will have their names featured on the T-shirts given to every rider. Prizes donated from area businesses will be awarded to top fundraisers.

In 1995, Grimes celebrated the tenth anniversary of her triumph over cancer by bicycling 50 miles from Greensboro to the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center in Durham, raising $115,000 from friends and business associates in the process. Last year, 196 bikers raised more than $300,000.

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