CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Overcast skies and a few rain drops did nothing to dampen the spirits of over 150 bicyclists who turned out for the 4th annual Franklin County Century Breast Cancer Ride on June 21, 2014.

Ride routes varied from 12, 18, 42, 62, and 101-mile lengths. The riders were fully supported by roaming assistance vehicles, themed rest stops and emergency medical personnel.

Cyclists from the tri-state area, and as far away as Las Vegas, participated in the event, which raises money every year for breast cancer services at the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance.

The cause this ride supports is very near and dear to the heart of Franklin County Cyclist (FCC) Founder and President Karen Keefer.

Keefer is an operating room nurse at Chambersburg Hospital and a breast cancer survivor.  She is also a world-class athlete who spends her spare time mentoring others and championing fitness activities.

“I formed the Summit Health Bike Club in 2008 as an employee wellness initiative for employees and their families,” Keefer said. “I’m happy to say that popularity of the club grew, and now, we are an independent organization with more than 150 local members.”

The Franklin County Cyclists hold rides every Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Franklin County Cyclists also offer an intensive Bike Safety and Maintenance Class for adults and a Bicycle Safety Rodeo to teach children safe practices. 

See www.franklincountycyclists.org for ride details.  For more information on Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Services, visit SummitHealth.org/RBSWC.

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Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

More information is available at www.SummitHealth.org and www.facebook.com/SummitHealth.

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Photo courtesy of Todd Feasley