Our Founder, Patrick Booton
Patrick Booton, the ride's founder and a retired medical physicist, passed away in the summer of 2016. He is our inspiration for our ride. We will remember Patrick and do what he would have wanted - live every day to the fullest.
Patrick was a champion of cancer survivorship. He played a role in helping many people of all ages battle cancer. He also had his own battles with cancer - twice.
In 2002, Patrick and a few friends rode from Savannah to Augusta to commemorate the fifth-anniversary of his second cancer diagnosis. He was first diagnosed with cancer at the then Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. His second cancer diagnosis was at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah.
Patrick's Ride is a fun, challenging fundraising ride from Savannah to Augusta, 140 miles plus in one day! The bike ride is a fully supported journey with stocked rest stops every 15 to 35 miles, support and gear vehicles and a celebration dinner after the ride.
All proceeds raised will benefit children and families with cancer at the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah and the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.
Even if you can't ride, you can make a difference by sponsoring a rider, making a donation, or becoming a virtual rider.
Since its founding, this bike ride has raised nearly $605,000 to benefit cancer patients. The funds raised have covered the cost for families to participate in the Harvest of Hope Retreat, underwritten counseling services, supported a dedicated nurse navigator for children with cancer, helped to renovate a waiting room for children with cancer, and provided funds to pay for fuel cards to get to and from treatments and meal vouchers.