FORTY FORT – Spin cycling enthusiasts will pedal and sweat this Saturday as their way to contribute to the fight against cancer. The Center for Cancer Wellness, Candy's Place, will provide the equipment, location and motivation at its 12th annual Spin 4 Life fundraiser.
Originated as way to memorialize Brandon Case, a King's College student who lost a three-year-long battle with leukemia in 1999, the Spin 4 Life has so far raised more than $88,000 with more than 1,000 participants, said Penny Cunningham, the center's founder.
More than 150 cyclists already had signed up as of last week, leaving 32 openings, Cunningham said. This year's participation is outpacing previous years, she said.
It's not only about fundraising, she added. It's about fun, camaraderie and supporting a good cause.
Starting at 7 a.m., there will be 11 spin cycling sessions – each 45 minutes long with 20 cyclists. The cost per ride is $20. Refreshments and complimentary mini-massages will be available throughout the day, Cunningham said.
Case's stepfather Paul Zbiek, who was one of the event's originators, will attempt to pedal for 34 hours consecutively, taking five-minute breaks each hour, to commemorate what would be Case's 34th birthday.
He expects all the cycling participants to have a good time. Cyclists from different communities get together, turning the day into a big party, Zbiek said.
Spin cycling instructors from 10 health clubs volunteered to conduct the sessions, he added.
Cunningham pointed out that cancer patients are encouraged to participate in the day's activities. The bikes can be modified to help them out, or they can just cheer their family members on, she said.
Cyclists can win prizes, including gift certificates and a basket of cheer, she said.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brandon J. Case Memorial Scholarship and the services at Candy's Place, Cunningham said.
The center's planned Night at the Races event recently was canceled; it typically raised about $11,000, making the Spin 4 Life's success in raising money that much more important, she said.
What: Candy's Place 12th annual Spin 4 Life
Where: Candy's Place, 190 Welles St., Suite 120, Forty Fort
When: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Registration fee: $20
Who: Anyone wishing to donate can participate; space is limited
Info: Call 714-8800, visit www.cancerwellnessnepa.org