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May 2007 Issue

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Cycling Event Benefits UC Cancer Research

Published May 2007

When she was 46 years old, Marlene Harris fought and beat breast cancer, then stayed cancer-free for 10 years. It was in 2005—when she developed a rare form of bone cancer—that she finally lost the battle.

When Marlene died her husband, Harvey, and two other Cincinnati men whose families had been impacted by breast cancer decided to make a public stand. They wanted to do something to honor her and all the other women whose lives had been cut short.

“Marlene lived her life to the fullest, regardless of the constant struggles with cancer,” says Harvey Harris. “And she remained dedicated to helping find a cure through research.

“We thought the best way to keep her passion alive was to continue supporting breast cancer research and community education about the disease,” he adds.

With support from their families, Harris, Ronald Stern and Craig Cowit launched Ride Cincinnati Inc., a Cincinnati nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds for local breast cancer research. All proceeds from their first cycling benefit, known by the same name, will support basic, translational and clinical research projects conducted by UC scientists.

The family-friendly cycling event will take place Sunday, June 10, at Yeatman’s Cove/Sawyer Point and is open to people of all ages.

Cyclists and families can choose to ride 10, 25, 40 or 62 miles, and all races except the 62-mile ride will start at 9 a.m. The 62-mile ride will begin at 7:30 a.m. Kids can participate in the Kids Bike Rally, starting at 10 a.m., and travel over the Purple People Bridge. After the rally, there will be free celebration activities that include balloon artists, magicians, a jump house, goodie bags, food and music.

“Cancer is a problem that we must address as a community if we’re going to make progress against it,” said David Stern, MD, interim director of the UC Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital and dean of the College of Medicine. “Community support from events like Ride Cincinnati provides important funding that allows local researchers to continue their work and improve our understanding of breast cancer.”

Registration is $30 in advance of race day and can be made by calling Kelly Weissmann at (513) 347-3255 or at

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