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Firefighters ride 500 miles for cancer awareness

Posted: Monday, Aug 19th, 2013

Bicyclists on the Fire Velo cancer awareness ride (center, in jerseys) are joined by local firefighters and family members Monday in welcoming the cycle group to Watsonville Fire Station 1. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Thirty bicyclists rolled into Watsonville Monday on a mission of heightening awareness of cancer.

Most of the riders are firefighters and have either dealt with the disease or have friends or family battling cancer.

Their ride started Saturday in Sausalito and will end in Los Angeles.

“We fight cancer and we support cancer awareness,” said organizer Jim Berklite, a firefighter-paramedic from Los Angeles County. Berklite is president of Fire Velo, the main organization behind the ride.

Each of the riders has raised at least $1,000 from sponsors of the ride. Funds raised goes to those dealing with cancer.

For the complete article see the 08-20-2013 issue.

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