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They Ride for Miles

09/15/2014 09:00PM ● Published by Nancy Babin

Wings Cancer Foundation announced today its fourth annual Ride to Rosemary Beach. Twenty-five riders will kick off the five-day, 500-mile charity event on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:30 am. Riders will depart from The West Clinic in Memphis and ride to the Town Square in Rosemary Beach, Florida. The Wings Ride promotes cancer awareness, encourages a healthy lifestyle and raises funds for Wings Cancer Foundation’s Wellness Program.
Some of this year’s riders are cancer survivors themselves. Having beaten the disease they know how important it is to have a network of people and resources to turn to. Other riders have watched family members take on cancer and are riding in their honor.
“These patients battle harder than any cyclist, no matter the distance we may ride,” said rider, Mark Newman. “I sincerely believe in the power of the mind, and that coping strategies, a positive attitude, nutrition, and an active lifestyle can make a tremendous difference during treatment and afterwards.”
The route, which begins in Memphis, will continue through Tupelo, MS; Tuscaloosa, Selma and Andalusia, AL; and ends October 8th in Rosemary Beach, FL. Additional riders along the route are encouraged to join the Wings Ride as the team passes through their area to show support and help raise cancer awareness in their respective areas.
Wings Ride will fund Wings Wellness, a program that teaches cancer survivors to incorporate daily exercise, healthy diet, and emotional health to reshape their lives following cancer treatment. Research shows these activities help survivors recover from their treatment faster as well as prevent cancer recurrence.
For more information, go to www.wingscancerfoundation.org/wingsride or visit www.facebook.com/WingsRide and @wingscancerfdn.

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