|Photo Courtesy of Mark Majors|
The ride benefits the two Hope Lodges in Ohio. One is in Cincinnati and one is in Cleveland and they provide free housing for patients who undergo cancer treatments and need a place to stay. The American Cancer Society’s website says that The American Cancer Society has renovated a 50,000 square foot, four story, historic building in Cincinnati to serve as the organization's 21st Hope Lodge. Our beautiful structure sits majestically atop what was formerly known as 'Pill Hill' because of the numerous hospitals and physicians that resided nearby. Originally built as a doctor's mansion in 1880, it was purchased in 1900 by the Ursuline nuns and then expanded in the 1930's to be used as the Ursuline Academy, a Catholic high school for girls. From 1971 until 2004, the building housed various medical offices for area hospitals.
After extensive renovation, Hope Lodge officially opened on October 15, 2004. …The lodge has 22 guest rooms, each with its own lavatory. In addition, there are four fully equipped kitchens, a common dining area, an exercise room, two T.V. rooms, a theater room, a meditation chapel, inspiration garden, recreation room, and a Great Room which houses a library, guest computers, a grand piano, and gas fireplace. When patients travel to Cincinnati for cancer treatment, the Hope Lodge offers a comfortable environment in which to stay.
Mark has been training for the event. He attended spin classes throughout the winter and rides at least 100 miles a week to prepare for the 328 mile-four day event. Mark and about 400+ cyclists will leave Cincinnati and weave their way to Cleveland staying at colleges along the way “eating dorm food” at colleges along the way. The route will include streets as well as parts of the Ohio Valley bike trails similar to the Loveland bike trail.
Mark says, I have always tried to help people. But he is being a bit modest. Mark, a diabetic, is inspired by the people he knows who have won or lost battles with cancer - family, friends, and his wife’s students. In fact, Mark’s wife, recently retired HHS teacher Jan Majors, is a cancer survivor and will meet him in Cleveland. After Jan got better I thought I would step up and do my best to raise funds for cancer which really does make a big difference here in Cincinnati Northern Kentucky and throughout Ohio.
If you would like to support Mark, please click on the link below that leads you to the American Cancer Society and Mark’s page. His goal is to reach $2500 in pledges. If you want to help make his sweat mean something significant then click here to go to Mark’s donation page.
|Mark Majors from an earlier ride. Courtesy of Mark Majors|