By Kim Ravenda / Edited by Andrea Bosco / Photographs from Huntington Bank
On August 7-9, a group of amateur cyclists and caring individuals will be riding for one cause: to end cancer. Pelotonia, an annual grassroots bike tour, brings together thousands of people from all over the world who ride together in support of their family members and loved ones.
Established in 2008, Pelotonia was created in order to fund life-saving cancer research. Since its inception, this bike tour has raised more than $82 million! The three-day experience includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism. Last year, 7,270 riders, and more than 2,500 volunteers from 41 states and five countries, participated in routes that ranged from 25 to 180 miles. Pelotonia donates an astounding 100 percent of every single dollar raised by riders, virtual riders, and volunteers to cancer research.
This year, 33 riders from Huntington Bank’s Western Pennsylvania and Ohio Valley region are signed up for the event, including President Susie Shipley. “Since our founding in 1866, Huntington has been deeply committed to giving back,” says Shipley. “Pelotonia is a very special event for Huntington. Through our efforts to fight cancer — a terrible disease that has touched the lives of our colleagues, customers, friends, and partners — we have learned things about ourselves as individuals, as teams, and as a company. The Pelotonia experience has redefined and deepened our commitment to our communities.”
Huntington has organized multiple local community activities to help raise money and support riders in their efforts to make a difference. Participating Pittsburgh organizations include: UPMC Health Plan; Centrus Energy; Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney; Clark Hill Thorp Reed; Compass Advisory Partners; Grenen & Birsic, P.C.; Louis Plung & Company; McKnight Properties; Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’Keefe LLC; and Weavertown Environmental Group.
“UPMC Health Plan is pleased to support Huntington Bank’s Pittsburgh Pelotonia team because all money raised by this event goes directly to cancer research,” says Stephen E. Perkins, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs for UPMC Health Plan. “Finding new and effective ways to fight the battle against cancer brings us all together. Our members, both in Ohio and Pennsylvania, are happy to rally around that, and they embrace the excitement connected with one of the country’s largest cycling events of the year.” Last year, Huntington raised more than $3 million for the cause across its six-state footprint!