Each of our riders is taking part in an event that we hope one day will help find a cure for AYA Cancers, here you can learn more about why they ride.
This is his 6th Reid's Ride!
Many of you know the loss that I've felt recently due to cancer. You've maybe even been affected by that same loss. I want to ride in our friends' memories, and in honor of the courageous fight that others we know are going through. Please donate as little or as much as you would like. Or... If you don't have the funds to donate, please consider raising the funds, and riding with us.
I am riding in memory of Alison (41), and my friend Carolyn (28 yrs), Grandma Jean, and Aunt Sue. But also in support of my courageous fighters: Morgan (11), Nathan (17), Tommy, Deane, and other friends that wish to remain anonymous.
Typically, I would be riding in the Pan Mass Challenge, but it is difficult to ask people for larger amounts of money. I get it. Times can be tough. And the PMC (while still a very worthwhile fund raiser), has commitments that can be steep. But I believe that even the littlest bits can help. This is why I continue to ride. And this is why I'd like to crush my Reid's Ride commitment numbers.
One of our dedicated sponsors.
Kristi was a daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter and friend to many. Her family was very important to her.She moved to South Carolina to attend college in 2010 and returned home to Vermont in 2014. We were all very happy to have her home. It was shocking when after just a few months home she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She went to the hospital for treatment and never returned home.
Kristi had a younger sister, katie who has Muscular Dystrophy. I don’t know who admired who more but if you asked either sister who their hero was, they would say the others name. She was a good sister.
Kristi was working in South Carolina when they had a surprise 16th birthday for her sister Katie. At the last minute her work denied her leave to come home. Her response was typical Kristi. I can get another job, my sister is only going to have one 16th birthday party. We began operation surprise Katie and Kristi came home to celebrate with her family.
Kristi was courageous and didn’t let fear stop her. She always stood up for herself and what she believed in. She was not someone who cared what others thought. She didn’t make decisions for herself based on others opinions. Somehow she always believed she would land on her feet. She stood up and stood for people who had no one to stand with them. She didn’t like injustice, discrimination or intolerance in any form. She never cared who you were, or what your story was. She recognized the innate value in every persons journey.
That’s who she was.
Member of the AYA Cancer Alliance
On April 16th, 2005 my life changed forever as Reid R. Sacco took his last breath. Reid was my cousin but given our closeness in age (only 5 months apart) and similar personalities, we were much closer than cousins and more like brother and sister. Ever since that day, my world has never been the same. Needless to say, I am determined do something and to help find a cure for this awful disease. Cancer has become far to common and has affected all of us in some way or another. With that said, it is time that we all join together and take action to prevent other families from experiencing the pain of watching a loved one suffer and other young adults like Reid from living longer prosperous lives.
Grace Marie Greeno
This is her 7th year riding!!
Reid was my godchild, nephew and the nicest young man that you would ever want to meet. He was my baby sister's oldest son. He was the same age as my oldest daugher, Meredith and his brother, Weston, is the same age as my youngest daughter,Jane. Our children were more like brothers and sisters then cousins. Reid battled cancer for two years and on April 16, 2005 we lost a very special part of our lives. The closeness that brought us such happiness now brings us feelings of emptiness. There continues to be a void in our lives and sadness to our celebrations.
Reid was someone that once you met him you would never forget him. I was always so proud of him. He was caring, giving, loving, intelligent, a lover of life and always there to help in any way. He had a smile that could brighten your day and a special way of making you laugh. I can always picture his little smirk and hear his wonderful giggle. He truly was a special being. He was and will always bea special part of my life.
For Reid and his dream to find a cure, I am committed to ride the 28 mile bike-a-thon. This will be my seventh year riding in Reid's Ride. The excitement of finishing is always a wonderful high! It is my way of fighting this dreadful disease and letting Reid know how much I love him.
Member of the AYA Cancer Alliance
As a lot of you probably already know, every year I ride in a bike-a-thon in memory of my cousin Reid Sacco. In 2005, Reid died at the young age of 20 taking away his incredibly bright future and taking Reid away from us. Not only was he extremely smart as he was accepted to and planning to attend Columbia when diagnosed, he was hilarious and could light up any room. All of my memories of him usually end in us laughing to the point of crying. Reid always put the comfort of others before his own even during his hardest times. One of my favorite memories took place a few years before Reid was diagnosed and my sister Meredith, my cousin Weston, Reid, and I were just sitting on Mother's Beach in Kennebunk, ME deciding what to order to Chinese food and cracking up about everything. It was just a normal day but it was such a great day cause we were all so happy and together enjoying life. We have a picture that Reid took and we all look sooooo happy and the even funnier thing is that Reid placed his camera perfectly so that the love of his life, his Saab, is displayed perfectly behind us.
Consistent with last year, I will also be riding in memory of Mazie Shore and Carly Hughes who both unfortunately lost their battles with cancer in the past 3 years. Mazie was a close friend and teammate of mine at CCHS and Carly and I roomed together while studying abroad in Venice. Both were amazing friends and amazing people. I cannot tell you how many times I think about how unfair it is that their lives were cut so short because of this stupid disease. Life is so precious and I am grateful for each day I have here on earth with those I love.
The fact that I am riding in memory of three amazing, smart, talented, young adults this year frankly sickens me. All three of their lives were cut so short. There has to be an end to this. Enough is enough. This is our time. Decade DETERMINED.
Member of the AYA Cancer Alliance
As Reid's brother I witnessed first hand why this cause is so important. Through my brother’s battle with cancer, we sought second and third opinions from some of the best physicians across the country. With every chemo or radiation session and surgery, we sought the most effective and aggressive treatment options available. Yet after two hard years of fighting, my brother passed away from cancer at the age of 20. This tragic experience showed us just how few effective treatment options exist, especially for young adults with cancer. Young adults afflicted with cancer have the strength and optimism to fight this horrible disease. Sadly, in far too many cases, the medical tools and knowledge necessary to do so, simply falls short.
Thanks to supporters like you, the Reid R Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance funds research at Maine Medical Center, clinical trials at Connecticut Children's Hospital, and the Reid R Sacco AYA Clinic for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Tufts Medical Center. Through our efforts, young adults (ages 15-40) now have a physical space (the clinic) and treatment options engineered specifically to their needs. Our Alliance provides young adults with the resources my brother never had. With these resources, we are giving these patients support through and beyond their diagnosis and treatment and are ultimately providing them hope for a cancer-free future. I sincerely thank you for making this possible.
Lorraine & Gene Sacco
Founders of the Reid's Ride and the AYA Cancer Alliance
When we started this event in 2005, a few short months after Reid lost his heroic two-year battle with cancer at age 20, we were deeply steeped in profound grief, and were simply planning one day at a time. Our mission and vision were just taking shape for what is now the Reid Sacco AYA Cancer
Alliance, and although we aspired to make big changes to the face of AYA cancer care and outlook, we had no idea how we were going to do that. Eleven years later, we look back at what has been accomplished through the work of the AYA Cancer Alliance and can proudly say that Reid's Ride has proven to be an instrumental catalyst in transformative changes and improvements in AYA cancer care and outlook.
We've started some great things -- be it AYA clinical programs, AYA cancer research, and AYA medical education -- and want to be able to sustain the momentum of growth those programs have developed. See the section below for more information on these programs.
So, we're looking forward to riding in our 11th Reid's Ride, in Loving Memory of our son Reid Robert Sacco, and for our family and friends whom this disease has taken from us.
Reid continues to be the energy of each and every day. His love and spirit fill our hearts and endures with every breath we take. The impervious precious bond that we shared when we were together, we continue to share that same bond each day even though we are apart. Reid's Ride is for all those precious bonds that this horrific disease tries to destroy. Ride or support a rider and together we will “alter the course for AYA cancers” so they are routinely curable.