Brenda's Ride raises $16,500 for local cancer patients

LACONIA — Fourteen-year breast cancer survivor Brenda Ganong recently hosted the Tenth Annual Brenda's Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time. The event was a huge success, raising $16,500 for the Oncology patients at LRGHealthcare.
Brenda's Ride started in 2003 with just 35 participants and has continued to grow with each passing year. The 225 or so bikers all convened at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound the morning of August 18 and then set off for a beautiful ride around Lake Winnipesaukee. Lead by Alton and Laconia Police Department volunteers, the convoy arrived back at the Lobster Pound mid-day for a cookout, raffles, and live music courtesy of Axis and The Tom Dixon Band.
"As a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Brenda's Ride, we were thrilled with the outpouring of support from so many who came to ride and this take part in great event. Brenda's Ride continues to thrive and knowing that we're helping cancer patients right here in our own community is very rewarding," explains Ganong.
To add to the excitement of this milestone anniversary, a 2012 Harley Street Glide, courtesy of Manchester Harley Davidson, was raffled off. John Jacobs was the big winner and proceeds from the nearly 300 tickets sold also benefitted the cause, which helped to double the amount raised in 2011.
"On behalf of everyone at LRGHealthcare and the many patients who receive assistance, we are forever grateful to Brenda and John Ganong and all of their friends and family who help to make each Brenda's Ride such a success. The folks at the Lobster Pound always go above and beyond, as do the great bands and those who've donated goods and  services. A special thanks to the very generous auction donors, shirt sponsors, and high-level supporters including Gold Sponsor Winner's Circle Auto Sales, and Silver Sponsor the Looney Bin. Brenda also has the best, most loyal volunteers who deserve a ton of credit helping to pull it all together," states LRGHealthcare Annual Fund & Special Events Manager Becky Doherty.

CAPTION — (Left to right): LRGHealthcare Breast Health Program Coordinator Ginny Witkin; Sherry Cesati; John Ganong; Brenda Ganong; event co-organizer MaryEllen Nelson; and LRGHealthcare Annual Fund & Special Events Manager Becky Doherty. (Courtesy photo)