There’s something about hopping on a bike that can soothe the soul during times of turmoil.
Israeli athlete Tom Peled discovered this after the untimely death of his father after a battle with a disease we all know too well.
After his 58-year-old dad succumbed to a rare stomach cancer in 2011, Peled took off to Europe, hopped on a bike, and didn’t stop riding until he had covered 3,000 miles.
Recognizing the healing power of physical exercise and wanting to do more for the cause, Peled conceptualized a campaign called Bike for the Fight (BFF) to both honour his beloved father and work towards funding cancer research to prevent others from suffering a similar fate.
In 2012, Peled joined forces with the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) and the BFF Spin-A-Thon was born. The Israel Cancer Research Fund is one of the largest sources of private funds for innovative cancer research in Israel.
Each fall since, ICRF hosts Bike for the Fight, leading participants in a three-hour Spin-A-Thon.
It all goes down on Sunday, September 18 from 12:30 to 3:30 at Ultimate Athletics Club in Toronto.
Sure, it’s a gruelling few hours, but it’s nothing compared to the struggle faced by those affected by cancer.
Here’s how you can be a part of it: gather your squad and join as a team of up to three people or battle it out on your own. Sign up online and create a fundraising page to help you and your team meet your fundraising goal.
Updates will be shared on the ICRF website and on our Facebook Page.
Join like-minded young professionals as they peddle their way to kicking cancer’s ass for good (then treat yourself to a well-earned all-day brunch somewhere).