Photo credit: Toe Thane, MD (Left to Right) Doug Pogue, Colleen Woy, Joel Savilonis, Beth Stephey, Dr. Donald Hendrickson, Tim Gotwald, Kurt Gipe, Jack Davenport, and Hugh Graham
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – A local cyclist group is not just riding around town.  Members of the Franklin County Cyclists continue to support health, wellness, and community services in the Franklin County Area.

The club was formed in 2008 by Karen Keefer, a Chambersburg Hospital nurse, who wantedcoworkers to have an opportunity to get outside and get exercise.

Beth Stephey, Donor Relations and Annual Giving Officer for Summit Health explained the group’s mission has become much greater.

“The group has grown into much more than a way to get exercise. “All along its journey the club has provided cycling education and awareness for the community.  But it has also raised money for cancer patients.”

The group has hosted a charity benefit “Century Ride for Breast Cancer” since 2011.  Ride routes vary from 13 mile to 100-mile lengths. The riders are fully supported by roaming assistance vehicles, rest stops and emergency medical personnel. 

Money raised at this year’s event, totaling more than $10,000 held June 18th was recently donated to the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women’s Center and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance to help support local women facing breast cancer. Since 2011, FCC has donated more than $46,000 to support local breast cancer patients.

“Summit Health is grateful for this long-standing partnership with the bike club and appreciates their ongoing efforts to keep our community healthy and safe,” explained Stephey, who attended a check presentation on behalf of Summit Health July 19.

In addition to the Century Ride, the FCC hosts a Bike Safety Workshop, held every April.  It’s a comprehensive all-day workshop for beginners and advanced riders alike.  The Children’s Bicycle Rodeo teaches young riders and their parents the importance of bike safety and proper riding skills.  Every child receives a free bike helmet for participating.