We are riding to honor the memory of Paul Ollila, Tom's dad and Vera's grandfather. Most everyone called him Tree. He would undoubtably be greatly amused that Tom has found a way to use his time bicycling to drive cancer research over boring grant applications.
Tour de Rhody #4
Tour de Rhody is a road and gravel cycling tour to support cancer research in Rhode Island. This year we will again start and finish at beautiful Salisbury Farm at 11 Peck Hill Rd. in Johnston, RI. The ride will take place on the morning of September 18, 2022, with a rolling start.
Rides range from around 15 miles to a full metric gravel century. There are pure road and mostly gravel (dirt roads that at time border on trails) routes. Routes can be challenging and the gravel routes explore historic areas around the Scituate Reservoir. These roads are closed to the public and the Providence Water Supply Board has graciously offered us one day access.
The ride supports the Lifespan Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Research (LOCR). The LOCR gives patients access to groundbreaking new immunotherapies and other new and emerging cancer treatments at various stages of diagnosis and across many cancer types.
In its first year in 2019, Tour de Rhody raised over $18,000 to support cancer research and in 2020 over $50,000. Last year we met our goal of raising $100,000 and with your support we can continue to grow.
Lifespan Foundation / Lifespan Cancer Institute
Tour de Rhody has become a key fundraiser to support cancer research in Rhode Island. Since 2019, over $300,000 has been raised to support cancer clinical trials in Rhode Island designed through the Brown University Oncology Research Group. The Lifespan Cancer Institute graciously sponsors the event itself. Tour de Rhody supports investigator initiated trials, that is where physicians and researchers are the ones developing and designing the trials, that directly benefit Rhode Islanders. These trials lead to the discoveries advancing new cancer treatments and cures worldwide.