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Bike ride raises $12,000 for Pediatric Cancer Foundation


Special to The Press

Fitness Central, 4337 Route 309, Schnecksville, was the site for a charity ride Aug. 28.

The recipient of the raised funds was the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing free services to parents of children with cancer.

The foundation hosts activities and events for families to have fun together despite the challenge of a cancer diagnosis.

The ride garnered $12,000 in donations for the foundation.

Tracy Stauffer, marketing, community relations and development coordinator, PCFLV, coordinated the fundraising ride with Rob Takacs of Fogelsville.

Takacs was in his fourth year as the ride organizer and started off each group with a safety briefing.

Though the skies were overcast with rain threatening, a large group of riders rode either a metric century, (64 miles) or a half metric century (32 miles).

Chris and Jim Milot of Bath sign in with Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley volunteers Randy Williams and Andrea Osgood at the foundation's charity ride Aug. 28 at Fitness Central, Schnecksville. PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND
Making a colorful entry for Frank T. Armetta State Farm team are riders Vik Ram of Breinigsville; Patrick Ladd of Walnutport; Frank Armetta of Northampton; Mike Lehtonen of Coplay; and Bob Victor and Tyson Mott, both from Philadelphia.
Rob Takacs of Fogelsville conducts a safety briefing for riders before the metric century route.
And they're off! Riders leave the parking lot of Fitness Central, Schnecksville, for the metric century (64 miles) ride.
Tracy, Vanessa, 15, and Don Stauffer of Fogelsville, attended the charity ride. Vanessa was diagnosed with a form of brain and spinal cancer at age 2.