Sixth annual Climb to Conquer Cancer

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Bicycling enthusiasts and non-cyclists alike are invited to participate in their own way, in the sixth annual Climb to Conquer Cancer, to be held in the Tryon-Saluda area on Saturday, April 26.
John Cash, ride organizer and accomplished cyclist, notes that this year’s fund-raising ride is aimed at cyclists, those touched by cancer, those touched by the Gibbs Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivorship program, or touched by Green Creek resident Jenna Phipps.
Beneficiaries of this year’s ride will be Gibbs and the Jenna Phipps Relief Fund.
Of Phipps, Cash remarked, “She’s an amazing young lady. She’s one of my heroes.”
Riders will meet at the Tryon Youth center, on U.S. Rt. 176, west of Tryon. The ride begins at 8:00 a.m.
Cyclists will climb the Saluda Grade, and continue to Holbert Cove Road, just outside Saluda. From there, the ride follows the 21-mile loop of Holbert Cove, Silver Creek and Green River Cove roads, climbing the scenic switchbacks on Green River Cove Road.
Rize Performance Energy will provide a hydration/rest stop at the top of Green River Cove Road.
After completing any of the above loops, riders may return to the youth center, or continue for more 21-mile loops before cycling back down the grade to the center, where pizza, made and donated by Franklin McCaig, will be available during and after the ride.
Cash plans to ride five 21-mile loops, for a total of about 116 miles (including the round-trip from and back to the youth center), and 11,000 feet of climbing.
“Come join me for one or all (loops),” he invites riders.
Donations to the Gibbs Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivorship Program are tax-deductible under 501c3. Donations made to the Jenna Phipps Relief Fund will help her family offset medical expenses.
Phipps’s mother, Kathy Phipps, said her daughter began battling cancer in June 2012, underwent surgery at UNC. When the cancer re-appeared in early 2013, Kathy Phipps moved herself, and her children, with Jenna to Texas, where Jenna began treatment at the University of Texas M. B. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. That was on the advice of doctors at Gibbs. Referring to Gibbs, Kathy Phipps notes, “If they can’t help you, they don’t close the door on you.
Since 2007, notes Cash, the rides, which began under a different banner, have raised close to $70,000 to fight cancer and to help survivors live longer, fuller lives.
For additional information, contact John Cash at Nature’s Storehouse, 828 859 6356, or Donations, which can be made before the event, can also be mailed to, or dropped off at, the store– Nature’s Storehouse, 427 S. Trade Street, Tryon, N.C. 28782.
“This is the most giving community I’ve ever lived in,” Cash said of the Tryon area. “Everybody’s been touched by cancer, directly or indirectly.”
– article sumbitted
by Mark Schmerling

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