By Christopher Roberson
Thus far, 218 North Shore residents have registered to participate in the 14th Annual Reid’s Ride to Fight Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer. The event was founded by Lynnfield resident Lorraine Sacco after she lost her 20-year-old son Reid to sarcoma in April 2005.
She has not been alone. “We brought all the givers together from throughout the North Shore,” said Sacco. “It’s a commitment throughout.”
She also said Reid’s grandfather, Robert Sacco, continues to have a significant influence on Reid’s Ride despite his passing in December 2017. “It’s the character of Reid’s grandfather,” Sacco said of the event.
She also credited the community at large with the event’s ongoing success. “I love Lynnfield; your community is your family,” she said.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. on July 15, participants will bike 28 miles from Lynnfield High School to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. According to the event’s website, https://www.firstgiving.com/event/Reidsride/2018, the course winds its way through Middleton, Danvers and Beverly. Then it turns and hugs the coast along Route 127 before reaching the finish line on Cape Ann. There will be one rest stop located approximately halfway through the course at Endicott College in Beverly.
Although other fundraisers are held during the year, Reid’s Ride is the flagship event for the Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund. During his battle with cancer, Reid was optimistic that he would beat the disease and “ride in an event to raise money to support research in young adult cancer.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, sarcoma is considered to be a rare form of cancer with fewer than 200,000 cases reported each year.
There is a $100 fee to register for Reid’s Ride, and each participate must collect $150 in donations. However, the donation requirement is waived for anyone riding in this year’s PanMass Challenge. As of June 5, $16,629 has been raised for Reid’s Ride.