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Reid’s Ride will take place this Sunday

Reid’s Ride is back for its 13th year.

The annual 28 mile bike ride helps to support clinical research and specialized care for people between the ages of 18-39 with cancer. This age group, called in oncology circles "AYAs" (Adolescents and Young Adults), are an underfunded group of cancer patients - a reality Reid’s Ride hopes to change.

Starting at Lynnfield High School (275 Essex St.) at 7:30am on July 16, the ride will go around the North Shore and finishes at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, where there will be celebrations and speakers.

Reid Sacco was a promising Lynnfield High graduate who tragically received the diagnosis of cancer in 2003 and passed away is 2005. He was an avid swimmer and LHS musician, playing in the LHS orchestra and band.

Soon after his death, Reid's Ride was founded. Since its inception, Reid’s Ride has gained thousands of supporters and raised millions of dollars to aid in the battle against AYA cancer.

Thanks to Reid, two centers were created for treating AYA cancers: one in Massachusetts, and another in Connecticut. The Reid R. Sacco AYA Clinic for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Tufts Medical Center is located at 800 Washington St., Boston. The other is the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Reid’s family hopes that even more clinics of this nature will open up for AYA cancers.

Riders arrive at LHS at 6:30 a.m. for check-in and registration. The ride officially starts at 7:30am. Riders can also pre-register at

It’s not too late to register. You can register in three different ways:

1. As a fundraiser: Minimum amount to raise is $150.

2. As a PMC (Pan-Mass Challenge) rider: just pay the registration fee ($100). You are not required to raise additional funds.

3. As a virtual rider. If you can’t attend in person, but still want to participate, pay the registration fee and commit to raising at least $150.

By Melanie Higgins

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