We have made incredible progress over the last five years with the Reid R Sacco Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program at Tufts Medical Center. Read the report to learn more!
With a day that dawned with clear skies and perfect weather for a bike ride, more than 400 cyclists set out from Lynnfield High School early Sunday morning, July 16th for a 28-mile bike ride to Gloucester for the 13th Annual Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon. The theme for this year’s Reid’s Ride was, “Making Waves for AYAs”, and from the turnout of riders and supporters, and from the record proceeds, this was indeed a “tsunami year” for Reid’s Ride.
These cyclists joined another 700 Reid’s Ride volunteers and supporters assembled for finish-line festivities at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Riders were greeted with cheers of family and friends, and with a barbeque, refreshments, raffles, prizes, music, presentations, sponsor giveaways, and information tents staffed by the AYA Cancer Programs made possible by Reid’s Ride. Along the 28-mile route from Lynnfield High School to the finish line, cyclists were guided by balloons, arrows, water stations, a rest stop, mile markers, motivational posters, and by cheering bystanders. Thank you to the Boliver family, Lululemon, and AFC Urgent Care for supporting and encouraging our riders along the route.
This year’s guest speaker was Kathy Warren, MD, an esteemed pediatric neuro-oncologist now working in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Warren grew up in the Boston area and is a dear, long-time friend of the Sacco family. She was the first person Lorraine called when Reid was diagnosed with a soft-tissue cancer in 2003.
Her presentation focused on the innovations that Reid’s Ride have brought to the fight against Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers. “Just 15 years ago, there were rumblings among pediatric oncologists like me that AYA cancers were different than pediatric and adult cancers, and there weren’t the kind of therapies that we needed for these patients. Also missing was the specialized care this group of patients required, as these patients fit neither the pediatric nor the adult models of cancer treatment and patient care.” Dr. Warren continued, “But then, in 2005, along came the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance and Reid’s Ride, the support of which is closing the gaps in the treatment of AYA cancer, step by step, with innovative programs, clinics and medical research for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer.”
Dr. Warren continued her presentation with a story about a patient named Lily LaRue Anderson, a bubbly six-year-old diagnosed with a rare pediatric brain tumor. Lily used her ‘yelly voice’ to contend with the painful symptoms and grueling treatments. She passed away less than a year after diagnosis but her friends and family started a foundation in her memory, and today use their ‘yelly voices’ to raise awareness about rare pediatric cancers. Dr. Warren concluded, “Reid’s Ride uses its ‘yelly voice’ as a force to be reckoned with, one that gives a louder voice to AYAs. This AYA voice of Reid’s Ride is the force that turns its waves of action into a tsunami that will wipe out AYA cancers.”
Programs Made Possible by Reid’s Ride
On hand at the finish line, on the grounds at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, were tents from the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Program at Connecticut Children’s Hospital (Hartford) and the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Program and Clinic at Tufts Medical Center. Representatives from these Programs spoke with, and answered questions from, the many visitors to these tents during the day. These Programs were launched, and are sustained, with the help of the more than $2 million raised by Reid’s Ride over the years. Gene Sacco told the assembled riders and supporters, “You should be very proud of the fact that the money raised by Reid’s Ride directly reaches the very patients we are all fighting for, because we only support AYA-specific clinical programs.”
When all proceeds were counted, the 2017 Reid’s Ride had raised more than $220,000 to fight the cancers striking Adolescent & Young Adults. More than 400 riders rode in the event. Both of these numbers were record highs for this annual event.
More than 45 teams participated in this year’s Ride. Taking honors for the top fundraising teams were: “Oyster River”, raising $17,348; “We Can’t Stop”, raising $16,317; “Danvers Diehards”, raising $14,055’ “Lynnfield Rotary”, raising $13,839; “Honeybadgers”, raising $8,072; and “North Shore Smiles”, raising $6,000. Taking honors for places seventh through tenth were teams, “Crazy Wheels”, “CCCyclers”, “Doctors Sacco” and “Team Funder”.
Captain of the first-place fundraising team, “Oyster River”, Ms. Patrice Fogg, took a few minutes at the microphone to explain what brought her and her large team to Reid’s Ride this year. She told the story of Miles Goldberg, a young teen who lost his life to a sarcoma this past May. The team was composed of many of Miles’ friends and family who are now dedicated to honoring his memory by raising funds for Reid’s Ride to fund those programs that will someday save the lives of AYAs like Miles and Reid and so many others.
Taking honors for the top fundraising individuals, many of whom held fundraising events, were: Liz Joyce (Danvers), raising $12,500; Patrice Fogg (Madbury, NH), raising $10,075; Meredith Nash (Andover), raising $8,549; Liana Boghosian (Lynnfield), raising $8,022; and Grace Marie Greeno, raising $3,626. Taking places fifth through tenth were Bob Flores, Jane Greeno, Michael Marra, Stacy Dillon and Weston Sacco.
This year’s Reid’s Ride also included the third annual “Kids Fun Runs” organized and run by Andrea Beloff Paciello and Jennifer Daniels of the Lynnfield Mom’s Group. The runs are for children ages 4 and under, and for ages 10 and under, and keep these young children involved and engaged in the event.
With Reid’s Ride now in its 13th year, the young adults who rode in the early years of the event are now in their late twenties and early thirties, many of them now married and with children of their own. Lorraine took a few moments to recognize a number of the infants of some of the original members of the Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance, handing out special, baby-sized Reid’s Ride tee-shirts. “With what is now this third generation of the Alliance coming along,” Lorraine said, “I am convinced that the Alliance and Reid’s Ride will continue to ‘make waves for AYAs’, and to improve the lives of AYAs with cancer.”
“Making Waves for AYAs” Red Carpet
Once again Bob and Lauri Priestley (Priestley Fine Photography) lent their talents to the event, taking photographs in front of a “green screen”. This “red carpet” opportunity was open to all event riders, teams and attendees. Using specialized software and printers, they then transformed the shots into instant photographs of these “celebrities” posed as if riding a giant tsunami wave. Bob also set up a giant electronic billboard that scrolled the logos and names of the event’s more than 60 sponsors.
Thanking Reid’s Ride Riders, Fund-raisers, Volunteers, Sponsors and Supporters
Lorraine thanked all riders, teams and supporters for all their hard work in fund-raising. She also thanked all Reid’s Ride volunteers and subcommittees for skillfully managing the many complex moving parts of an event like Reid’s Ride, noting that, “Reid’s Ride is an all-volunteer event, driven by an all-volunteer organization, the Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance.” She stressed that every logistical or organizational element of Reid’s Ride is designed to assure that the event runs smoothly and safely and that all participants have a great time, but that it takes the hard work and creativity of the Ride’s army of volunteers to make it all happen as intended. She also recognized how this crew of volunteers, organized into more than 20 sub-committees, steps up each year to take charge and ownership of their respective areas, and personally attends to all the little details that make each area run so smoothly.
She also thanked all of the Reid’s Ride sponsors who had donated essential funds, goods and services to make the event so successful.
Sponsors & Donors
Premier Sponsor of this year’s Reid’s Ride was, once again, Dunkin Donuts, which also provided its mobile restaurant that provided riders, supporters and volunteers with cooling beverages. In keeping with this year’s Reid’s Ride theme, “Making Waves for AYAs”, the event’s “Tsunami” sponsors were Cam Media, Clear Channel, Davio’s, Everett Cooperative Bank, Fuddruckers, Landry’s Bicycles, Lyons Ambulance, and North Shore Smiles, Rotary Club of Lynnfield. The event’s “Tidal Wave” and “Crashing Waves” sponsors included AFC Urgent Care, Amy Lou Photography, B-Yond Music, Bianco & Sons, Eastern Bank, JM Electrical, Keane Fire and Safety, Lahey Medical Center, Mariposa, Market Street Lynnfield, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Mix 104.1, My Print & Copy, Northern Business Machines, Pediatric Health Care Associates, Priestley Fine Photography, Rainbow Balloons, S Strock and Sons Fruit, Stop & Shop, and Universal Screening.
Other sponsors included A.A. Dority Company, Brothers Kuzina, Austin Sales, Baubles, , Brothers Kouzina, Center Street Market, Cerra’s Deli, Christine’s Café & Confection, Countryside Deli, Crown Coffee, Dreamtime Wellness, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Jacobson Floral Supply, Inc., Kayem Foods, Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association, King’s at MarketStreet, Law Offices of Colonna & Doyle, Liberty Bay Credit Union, LuLu Lemon, Monadnock Spring Water, North Shore Radio, Not Your Average Joe’s, Prince Restaurant, Robert McNeill, CPA, PC, Roman’s Limousine, Sachetta & Callahan, Seaside Graphics, Sports Massage and Body Works, Tube Ice, Whole Foods Market, Lynnfield, Torrigan Family YMCA, Urban Adventours, Wakefield Bank, and Young & Sons Landscaping.
Food, Drink & Snack Tents & Stands
Thanks to: Bob McKendrick and fellow Lynnfield Rotarians for supporting the food committee with their grilling expertise, and to the food committee, led by Gale Talis; Bill Hanlon and Tammy Daley of Stop & Shop; Everett Bank for providing Richie’s Slush; and Mix 104.1 for providing Turkey Hill Ice Cream.
Health and Wellness Tents
Thanks to an annual favorite for riders finishing at Stage Fort Park, the massages offered by Dreamtime Wellness, joined this year by Sports Massage and Body Works. Also on hand were representative from Lahey Medical Center and Addison Gilbert Hospital.
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The links below take one through the four clips that, together, make up almost all the full Chronicle episode, "Beyond the Cure", which aired on May 17th. Unfortunately, each clip is preceded by a short commercial....but worth the wait.
Part 1 of 4: Opening Segment (6m16s)
Part 2 of 4: New Treatments (4m41s)
Part 3 of 4: Stuck in the Middle (6m23s)
Part 4 of 4: Lasting Relationships
On June 16, 2017, Lorraine Sacco had the honor of visiting the 6th grade class of Elizabeth Darragh at the Ferryway public school in Malden. Through the school’s Gardening Enrichment Program, selling sunflower seedlings, they raised $60 for Reid’s Ride.
"It was emotionally moving to meet such a wonderful group of the sweetest young people I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking with. In itself, that is a gift that will stay with me forever." - Lorraine Sacco
May 20th marked the 5th Reid's Run 5K in Connecticut. Director Liana Boghosian outdid herself once again, throwing an amazing event! This years run raised over $11,000 - doubling last years total! 144 participants joined us, including Team Josh, a 50 person team running for Josh Smith, a 26 year old patient undergoing clinical trials at CCMC under the RRSAYACA Program!
We thank everyone who joined us!
Recently, Chronicle did a story on the health challenges cancer survivors face due to treatments they received to battle the disease. The story featured Dr. Susan Parsons, the founding director of the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult Program for Cancer and Hereditary Blood Diseases at Tufts Medical Center.
See a clip of the story here.
The Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance would like to thank the Lynnfield Rotary for hosting a successful Jail and Bail Fundraiser on Thursday, May 4th,, as well as thank all those who came out to participate in this fun-filled parody of the legal system. Proceeds from the event, gathered from bails paid and from the purchase of warrants and immunity cards benefit the 13th Annual Reid’s Ride 28-mile Bike Ride, being held this year on Sunday morning, July 16, 2017. The theme of this year’s Ride is “Making Waves for AYAs”, and we’re planning on a “tsunami” year. As most know by now, Reid’s Ride supports programs and clinics that focus on the unique needs and gaps facing Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) diagnosed with cancer.
Despite a week of rainy, gloomy days, the weather was perfect for the event, which was held from 3pm to 7pm on the Green at Market Street, Lynnfield. The turnout was excellent, with so many citizens from Lynnfield and nearby communities being great sports and allowing themselves to be “arrested” and then held in a jail cell crafted by the LHS theatre department, where “prisoners” awaited theirs bails to be paid. At one point, nearly a dozen such prisoners sat behind bars, and could be seen using their mobile phones to frantically call surprised colleagues, friends and family for donations to help them post bail. The prisoners came from all walks of life in Lynnfield and surrounding communities, and included students, teachers, parents, families, business owners, co-workers and town officials.
Presiding as judge was Jay Kimball, who charged each prisoner with a wide variety of creative and outlandish crimes and misdemeanors. Based on those infractions, the judge set bail amounts. Police Chief Dave Breen served as court officer, who apprehended those served with an arrest warrant, handcuffed them, and then escorted them to the jail cell to await their bail-out.
The success of this fun event speaks volumes about the town of Lynnfield, and makes us so proud to be Lynnfield residents, and so proud that Lynnfield is the home of Reid’s Ride. This Jail & Bail event is just another example of how this relatively small town continues to do such great big things for those in need. We think of Lynnfield as an uncommon community of friends and family always ready to come together for a great cause.
Many, many volunteers made this event the success it was. In particular we would particularly like to thank:
The Lynnfield Rotary, which hosted the event and whose many members participated as prisoners, court officials or event volunteers. Driving and organizing the event for Rotary were Paula Parziale and Patti Nardone, along with Chief Dave Breen and Janine Pescatore.
The Prosecution Team, led by Katie Bourque Bush and Jackie Bourque Tewkesbury, which developed the event website, on-line event promotion, and managed all transactions and communications for bail, arrest warrants, and immunity cards before and during the event.
Jay Kimball, for playing the role of judge for the event, and for his hilariously sharp wit and contagious energy.
Lynnfield Public Schools, for supporting the event with the construction of the jail cell props, with prisoners and volunteers, and with live music by the LHS jazz ensemble. Special thanks Superintendent Jane Tremblay, LHS Principal Bob Cleary, physics teacher Stephen Smith, and Band Director Tom Westmoreland.
LHS Stage Crew Katy Cioffi , Stephanie Robles, Michaela Carroll for assisting in the building of the Jail along with Stephen Smith and the helping hands of a few skilled parents.
MarketStreet Lynnfield, for welcoming the event to its Green, and for generously providing staging, equipment and logistics for a smoothly run event. Special thanks to Nanci Horn, Charlotte Woods and Brian Paglia
Bob Priestley, for taking on-site instant jail cell mug-shot photos of each detainee
Doris Boghosian, for lending Judge Kimball the robe once belonging to the late Honorable Judge Robert Stanziani.
Gia Page at Davio’s MarketStreet, for gift cards and Davio’s for being such a great supporter and partner to Reid’s Ride and Cause.
Many local businesses which came out to support the event, including Everett Savings Bank and two of this year’s Reid’s Ride Premier Sponsors.
And a huge thank you to this year’s Reid’s Ride Premier Sponsors, Cam Media, Davio’s, Dunkin Donuts, Everett Savings Bank, Fuddruckers and Lyons Ambulance. See them on this year’s Reid’s Ride “Making Waves for AYAs” ClearChannel electronic billboards.
Gene & Lorraine Sacco
Founders, Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance and Reid’s Ride
In February, the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Program was launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance, through Reid's Ride, has supported the AYA Program at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Under the direction of oncologist, clinical researcher and Medical Director Michael Isakoff, MD, this Program focuses on expanding access to clinical trials for AYA cancer patients.
Read full press release here.
Members of the board recently went to Tufts Medical Center to meet with team of the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Program.
Interested in learning more about what has been happening at the Tufts Medical Center Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Program this year?
Reid’s Ride Has Become a Force to Be Reckoned with in Defeating Adolescent & Young Adult Cancers
LYNNFIELD, MA. Nearly 400 cyclists set out from Lynnfield High School early Sunday morning, July 17, for a 28-mile bike ride to Gloucester for a Star Wars themed 12th Annual Reid’s Ride Bike-a-thon. Despite very warm temperatures on Saturday and again on Monday, the weather was perfect for the event, with Sunday morning dawning cooler and slightly overcast, with a refreshing breeze that made for comfortable cycling conditions for the entire event.
These cyclists joined another 400 Reid’s Ride supporters, families and volunteers assembled for finish-line festivities at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, where skies had turned sunny and the cooling on-shore breezes prevailed. All those present were treated to live music performed by talented young-adult vocalists from three different local communities. They sang tunes with lyrics expressly appropriate to anyone facing or sharing a difficult challenge like cancer. Ms. Venere Salzillo, of Saugus, performed “The Climb”, a tune that has become the Reid’s Ride anthem. Marblehead’s Ms. Alea Moscone then performed the Sara Bareilles song, “Brave”. North Reading’s Ms. Brittany Leonard finished up with a performance on guitar and vocals of the tune “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.
Star Wars Theme
To recognize that Reid’s Ride has become a powerful weapon in fighting Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) cancer, the theme selected for this year’s Reid’s Ride was “Star Wars”, driven by the belief that Reid’s Ride is indeed “the Force” in defeating AYA cancers. The main attraction at this year’s Stage Fort Park finish line reception was a replica of a Star Wars “X-Wing Star Fighter”, with a wing span of more than 20 feet. The replica was designed by Lynnfield resident Arthur Bourque and built by him and his family and friends in a frantic few days of furious construction just prior to the event. Joining in on the theme were several members of the Sacco family who came dressed as Star Wars characters. Everyone attending the Reid’s Ride reception at Stage Fort Park was invited to pose in front of replica with Princess Leia (Venere Salzillo), Luke Skywalker (Francesco Salzillo), Yoda (Luca Salzillo), and Chewbacca (Alex Sacco) for an instant photo provided by Priestley Fine Photography.
When all proceeds were totaled, the 2016 Reid’s Ride had raised more than $195,000 to fight the cancers striking Adolescent & Young Adults, and to support programs expressly designed to close gaps in the care and treatment AYA cancer patients and survivors. Lorraine Sacco, Director of Reid’s Ride, commented, “That total is a bit shy of the aggressive $200,000 target we set for ourselves, but donations to the event continue to flow in through our website at www.ReidsRide.org. We’ll keep that site open for several more weeks in the hope that enough additional donations will come in to finally reach that goal!”
More than 45 teams participated in this year’s Ride, competing not only on the Reid’s Ride route but also in raising funds for the event. Taking honors for the top fundraising team again this year was “We Can’t Stop”, followed in second place by “Team Rotary (Lynnfield)”, and by “Ride It Like You Stole It” in third, “Danvers Diehards” in fourth, and by “Beverly Rotary” in fifth. Together, these five teams alone raised more than $55,000. Taking honors for places sixth through tenth were “Team Honey Badgers”, “CCCyclers”, “Crazy Wheels”, “North Shore Smiles”, and “Wheels That Heal”.
Taking first place among for the top individual fundraisers was, again this year, Meredith Nash (Andover), followed by Patrice Fogg (Madbury, NH) in second, Jacqueline Rapisardi (Beverly) in third, Liz Joyce (Danvers) in fourth, and Luke Kimball (Lynnfield) in fifth. Together, these five raised more than $29,000. Taking places sixth through tenth were Jane Greeno (LosAngeles, CA), John Mitchell (Lynnfield), Grace Marie Greeno (Concord), Bob Flores (Haverhill), and Rachael Wilson (Haverhill).
This year’s Reid’s Ride also included the second annual “Kids Fun Runs”, organized by Kristen Dorsky and Stacey Pagos. Thirty-four young runners between the ages of 3 and 10, participated in this event. Taking first place in the run for kids 5 to 10 years old was Macy, followed by Owen in second and Tiffany in third. Taking first place in the run for kids 4 and under was Lynnfield resident Daniel Vladasi.
Keeping the Young People in Our Communities Involved
Lorraine Sacco, Event Director for Reid’s Ride, was thrilled with the turnout and the results, remarking that this year’s event perfectly epitomized what Reid’s Ride is all about. “Reid’s Ride is keeping our young adults connected with the world around them, by involving and engaging them in ways that are helping change the world,” Lorraine explained. “Because Reid’s Ride is now closing gaps in the care and treatment of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer,” Lorraine continued, “these young adults are helping their peers who have had to hear those dreaded words, “you have cancer”, by improving the outlook for these patients.”
One of the many things that sets Reid’s Ride apart from other fund-raising events of this size and scale is the high level of involvement from the communities’ youth. That involvement is seen immediately at the starting line at Lynnfield High School, among the hundreds of fund-raising cyclists of all ages assembled and anxious for the launch horn to sound. That involvement is also apparent on the scenic open-road cycling route up to Gloucester. Local adolescents and young adults staff the event’s water stations and rest stops, and all along the route can be seen cheering the riders on. But the involvement of young people is even more evident at the Reid’s Ride finish line, where Reid’s Ride organizers rely on hundreds of young men and women volunteers to energize the festivities at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. “You see our young people wherever you look at Stage Fort Park at our event each year,” Lorraine stressed. “This year, our cyclists completed the course by pedaling their way down a corridor flanked by rows of young people each holding a Star Wars light saber over their heads and cheering riders the last few yards to the finish line.” The small army of young-adult volunteers played other key roles, too, such as staffing the many food and services tents, playing the Star Wars characters, and providing live vocal musical entertainment for the event.
“And I must proudly report,” Lorraine continued, “that Reid’s Ride is influencing a new generation of young physicians, by sharpening their perspective on AYA Cancers. My son Weston and his wife Lindsay are medical residents now, as are many of their friends. Through their exposure and commitment to the mission of Reid’s Ride, they are becoming the voice of AYA cancer patients on the very front lines of medical care. They are also expanding the reach and awareness of the clinical programs, like the programs at Tufts Medical Center and Connecticut Childrens Medical Center, which Reid’s Ride helped launch and continues to support.”
Cancer Moonshot Initiative
The reach of Reid’s Ride is borderless, working hard to bring capabilities of clinicians, researchers, and philanthropists together, regardless of organization or affiliation, to precipitate the changes needed to better fight AYA cancers. Reid’s Ride is becoming an essential catalyst in bringing the forces of science, medicine and community together in a quest not unlike that of Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which believes that, “solving the complexities of cancer will require the formation of new alliances to defy the bounds of innovation, and accelerate the path to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and – ultimately – to a cure.” The Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance is an active participant in Cancer Moonshot. “As founders of the AYA Cancer Alliance,” Lorraine added, “my husband and I want to thank all Reid’s Ride participants and volunteers for making it possible for us to have a voice in this important initiative to accelerate the arrival of that day when cancers in AYAs are routinely curable and preventable.”
Year-after-Year Commitment from Volunteers, Cyclists, Family and Friends
Another thing about Reid’s Ride that is immediately apparent is the large number of volunteers and participants who return each year. When asked why that might be, Mr. Peter Lagorio, a volunteer for all twelve Reid’s Rides, responded, “People keep coming back supporting Reid's Ride because they see the dedication of the people at the top who do such a tremendous job organizing everything year-round, not by sitting behind desks delegating orders to others, but by directly working hands-on with all of us as active members of a growing team effort.”
Lorraine and Gene’s son, and Reid’s brother, Dr. Weston Sacco, added that it also has something to do with just how memorable an event Reid’s Ride has become, and with how much detail goes into it. “Even though I've seen it eleven times before, I am always impressed with how this event brings people together and how it creates such indelible memories for people,” he remarked. “For example, I'm sure everyone will remember the Star Wars theme, that Star Fighter and those characters for years to come!” He added, “This practice my mom and dad have of always putting in that little extra is what Walt Disney referred to as ‘plus-ing’. My mom and dad would do Walt Disney proud with what they accomplish with Reid’s Ride each year,” he concluded.
Of course, behind all of this is the original inspiration for Reid’s Ride, Reid Sacco, who lost his life to cancer at age 20 in 2005, after a heroic two-year battle. Lorraine reflected a moment on that inspiration: “It seems that every year someone comes up to me with a story about how Reid touched their lives, usually by helping them feel connected, or by making an impossible goal seem attainable. Those stories don’t surprise me, because that’s just the kind of young man he was. His inspiration is really the driver behind all that we and everyone associated with Reid’s Ride do to make this event fun, rewarding and impactful for so many.”
Thanking Reid’s Ride Riders, Fund-raisers, Volunteers, Sponsors and Supporters
Lorraine thanked all riders, teams and supporters for all their hard work in fund-raising. She also thanked all Reid’s Ride volunteers and subcommittees for skillfully managing the many complex moving parts of an event like Reid’s Ride. She stressed that every logistical or organizational element of Reid’s Ride is designed to assure that the event runs smoothly and safely and that all participants have a great time, but that it takes the hard work and creativity of the Ride’s army of volunteers to make it all happen as intended. She also thanked all of the Reid’s Ride sponsors who had donated essential funds, goods and services to make the event so successful.
Sponsors & Donors
A.A. Dority Company, AmyLou Photography, Andover Law Offices, Austin Sales, Baubles, Inc., Beverly Kiwanis, Bianco & Sons Sausages, Brothers Kouzina, B-Yond Music, Cam Media, Christine’s Café & Confection, Clear Channel, Constitution Seafoods, Countryside Deli, Crown Coffee, Davio’s, Doctors Express Urgent Care of Saugus, Dreamtime Wellness, Dunkin Donuts (Premier Event Sponsor of Reid’s Ride), Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Fuddruckers, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Jacobson Floral Supply, Inc., JM Electrical, Kayem Foods, Keane Fire & Safety, Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association, King’s at MarketStreet, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Landry’s Bicycles, Law Offices of Colonna & Doyle, Liberty Bay Credit Union, LuLu Lemon, Lynnfield Meat and Deli, Lyons Ambulance, Mariposa, MarketStreet Lynnfield, Mix 104.1, Monadnock Spring Water, My Print & Copy, Newbury North Salon & Color Studio, Northern Business Machines, Northrup Associates, Not Your Average Joe’s, Olde Towne Market, Pediatric Health Care Associates, Priestley Fine-Art Photography, Prince Restaurant, Rainbow Balloons, Robert McNeill, CPA, PC, Roman’s Limousine, Rotary Club of Beverly, Rotary Club of Lynnfield, Rotary Club of Peabody, S.Strock & Co. Fruit, Sachetta & Callahan, Salem Five Charitable Corp, Stop & Shop, Sweet Pizza, Tube Ice, Universal Screening Studio, Whole Foods Market, Lynnfield Torigan Family YMCA, and Young & Sons Landscaping.
Food & Refreshments, Stage Fort Park
Bianco & Sons Sausages, Brothers Kouzina, Christine’s Café & Confection, Countryside Deli, Dunkin Donuts, Fuddruckers, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Kayem Foods, Lynnfield Meat and Deli, Monadnock Spring Water, Olde Towne Market, S.Strock & Co. Fruit, Stop & Shop, Sweet Pizza, Tube Ice, Whole Foods Market, Lynnfield.
Kids Fun Run Event
Kristen Dorsky and Stacey Pagos and the Lynnfield Moms’ Group, for organizing and running the Kids Fun Run up at Stage Fort Park, helping to keep the youngest participants of Reid’s Ride active and engaged.
Logistics, Transport & Food Preparation
Paula Parziale, for coordinating all the event committees and teams; Ringo Tarr (Gloucester) for coordinating logistics at Stage Fort Park; Kevin Dillon and Arthur Bourque (Lynnfield) for coordinating logistics and equipment transport at Lynnfield High School and at Stage Fort Park; Martha Poti and Frank Rosetti of Coldwell-Banker, for rider transportation; and Bill Gustus, Bob McKendrick and fellow Lynnfield Rotarians for supporting the food committee with their grilling expertise. The food committee was coordinated by Gale Talis.
Media, Promotion & Photography
John Mitchell of Cam Media & Graphics for his expertise and generosity in widely promoting Reid’s Ride in the media; ClearChannel, for designing the 2016 Reid’s Ride billboard banner and posting it on its electronic billboards throughout the region; Bob Priestley, Lauri Priestley and Amy Lou Astolfi for their professional photography of the event.
Safety & Technical Support
Lyons Ambulance; Landry’s Bicycle Technical Support Team; Northeast Amateur Radio Association, Beverly Police Department, Danvers Police and Fire Departments, Lynnfield Police Department; Gloucester Police Department; SAG teams and the volunteer motorcycle route-safety chase team
Volunteer Teams & Committees
AYA Cancer Information Team; Bicycle Transport Team; Cheering Teams all along the route; Danvers “Cornfield Water Stop” Team; Endicott Rest Stop Team; Food & Fruit Transport Team; Ice and Water Transport Team; Pre-registered and Same-Day Registration Team; Raffle Team; Rider Safety & Check-In Team; Reiki Wellness Team; Route-marking Team; Social Media and Web-Design Team; Stage Fort Park Team Leader, Stage Fort Park Decorating Team; Stage Fort Park Food Committee; and the Tally and Accounting Team.
Cities & Towns along the Reid’s Ride Route
The residents and officials of the cities and towns along the Reid’s Ride route, with special gratitude to those of Lynnfield, Middleton, Danvers, Beverly, Manchester and Gloucester for their extraordinary hospitality and support the morning of Reid’s Ride and during the planning of the event.
The good friends of Reid’s Ride at Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers, for their professional guidance and expertise in managing and administering the ECCF/Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Fund.
Families and Friends
Families and friends are the glue that keeps Reid’s Ride sustainable in its pledge to never stop fighting the AYA cancers that have claimed so many promising young lives. Year after year they return, to assist everywhere and anywhere they can. Thank you ALL!
About Reid’s Ride
Reid’s Ride is held each year on the third Sunday in July. Cyclists begin gathering for check-in around 6:45 AM in the parking lot at Lynnfield High School and begin departing between 7:15 and 7:30 AM on bicycle ride that travels along a scenic and varied route of town and country and seaside roads to Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park for food, music, fun and festivities. The 28 mile open-road route is supported by technical and emergency chase teams, water stations, and a rest stop. For more information, or to register for this year’s event or make a donation, go to www.ReidsRide.org or to the Reid’s Ride page.
For more words and pictures about this year’s event and past Reid’s Rides, go to www.facebook.com/reidsride or www.flickr.com/photos/reidsaccofoundation/collections.
Reid’s Ride is the primary fund-raiser for the ECCF/Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund, which provides financial support to clinical and scientific programs targeted at finding improved treatments – and someday a cure – for the cancers that strike adolescents and young adults. Compared to cancer patients in other age groups, this age group is grossly underserved in terms of cancer treatment options, access to clinical trials, and improved survival rates is committed to raising awareness and funds to close critical gaps facing AYA cancer patients and their families. That commitment is focused on three areas: improving care for AYA cancer patients and survivors; improving access for AYA cancer patients to new clinical trials; and educating medical professionals and caregivers about the unique challenges of the cancers predominantly striking adolescents and young adults. It is the vision of Reid’s Ride and the AYA Cancer Alliance to see that day when the many types of cancer striking AYAs are routinely curable or preventable.