Team Debbie's Delinquents will be riding in the Tour De Rhody to help raise funds to support the cutting edge cancer trials designed by the Brown University Oncology Research Group (BrUOG), hosted by the Lifespan Cancer Institute.
I ride in honor of my mother Deborah – the namesake for our team “Debbie's Delinquents” – who lost her battle with Pancreatic Cancer in February of 2017. However, I also ride for all of our loved ones lost to this horrendous disease, including Chester Kent, Mary Leavitt, Bill Folsom, Karl Greaves, and Jen Larkin.
I invite you to join our team if you can. The Tour De Rhody puts on a great event, and there is a distance suitable for each rider’s level. If you can’t ride with us, please consider making a donation to our team. Every little bit helps in the fight against this unrelenting disease that has impacted too many of our families and friends.
And yeah...our team slogan might be a bit crude, but I think we all know my Mom and Cousin Jen wouldn’t have held back their opinions.
Tour de Rhody #5
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 10, 2023, with a rolling start.
Rides range from around 15 miles on road or gravel to a full metric gravel century. There are pure road and mostly gravel (dirt roads that at time border on trail) 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 trials designed by the Brown University Oncology Group and the event itself is graciously hosted by the Lifespan Cancer Institute. These trials give patients access to groundbreaking new therapies 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. We continue to grow substantially each year with your support and by 2022 have raised over $400,000. Let's see where we can go from here!
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.