X Games 17 BMX Vert Gold Medalist Jamie Bestwick is organizing a charity bike ride on August 28, 2011, with proceeds from the event benefitting local cancer research organizations in the State College, Pa. area, including the American Cancer Society.
Through Jamie's charity organization, the Bestwick Foundation, the inaugural 'Bike For Life' event, held at Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg, Pa., will include two different mountain bike rides, a 62-mile road ride and a family fun ride, in addition to live music, food, BMX demos and more.
For Bestwick, a Derby, UK native that moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a full-time pro vert career, the cause hits close to home.
"I lost both sets of grandparents to cancer in England, and I've seen friends locally in State College suffering through cancer treatment. My life has been strongly shaped by cancer and I've had enough. Through my foundation I aim to raise money for families receiving cancer treatment in the Centre Region," says Bestwick.
"I have taken part in several cancer fund raising events to raise essential investment for for lifesaving cancer research. However, the financial assistance to keep families afloat who are fighting all forms of cancer, is often overlooked," he continues.
Additional athletes joining Bestwick at the Bike For Life event include two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Northstein, who will be heading up the road ride, as well as Jeff Lenosky, Aaron Chase and Lars Tribus, who will be hitting the mountain bike trails.
"Together we can all do our part to ensure that local families suffering from this terrible disease are not forced to choose between their bills and care for their loved ones. We need to provide support, emotionally and financially, and show these families that they are not in it alone," says Bestwick.
To register for the inaugural Bike For Life event, visit the Bestwick Foundation site, which also features directions, a ride map and hotel information.