Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

WHEELS OF HOPE RIDES SCHEDULED JUNE 22 [Corrected 06/11/13]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

WHEELS OF HOPE RIDES SCHEDULED JUNE 22 [Corrected 06/11/13]

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The first Wheels of Hope, a series of multi-distance rides on the Great Allegheny Passage that parallels the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers, will be June 22.

Each ride will start and end at the Palisades at 561 Water Street in McKeesport.

There will be an 18-mile roundtrip to Dravo Cemetery as well as an 8-mile roundtrip to Boston along the Youghiogheny River Trail North segment of the passage, and a 15-mile roundtrip ride to the Pump House along the Steel Valley Trail segment of the passage.

The rides start at 10:30 a.m.

The board of the Jodie Matta-Dillinger Cancer Resource Center at UPMC McKeesport Hospital will serve as the hosts.

The event includes the rides, a 3-mile fun walk, a pasta dinner, live entertainment and a bicycle and accessories raffle. Dinner will be from noon to 4 p.m.

The rides cost $25 for adults and $20 for children 16 and younger.

The pasta dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for children 16 and younger. A family plan for the rides and dinner also is available.

Snacks and water will be provided by the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.

Safety marshals will be posted at road sections and the Port Vue Bridge crossings. Restroom facilities will be available at the Palisades, Pump House, the Boston Trailhead and the Dravo Cemetery.

In addition to the hospital and its foundation, the event is sponsored by the UPMC Health Plan, the McKeesport Area School District, Fusion Investment Group and HDH, an insurance broker.

Geoff Clauss, director of patient and community services for the center, said all proceeds will be used to launch two new programs for patients -- nutritional supplement and medication co-pay.

"Sadly, various types of cancer -- breast, lung, prostate, etc. - - remain prevalent in the Mon Valley," Clauss said.

Information: www.jmdf. …

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