Sometimes the students are the teachers! Fenwick Development Director Mike Raiff, shown here, is getting ready to participate in the 2019 American Cancer Society Pan Ohio Hope Ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati to raise critical funds to support cancer patients and ultimately find a cure. Riders will set off on July 25th and ride four consecutive days; a total of 344 miles to downtown Cincinnati.
Why does Mike do this? His answer was simple, cancer doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, young or old, it doesn’t care if you are a PhD, CEO, or leader of a country. He lost his mother to cancer eight years ago, as well as many friends, including three friends just last week.
In Mike’s own words, “I have seen the fight put forth by these people to battle this despicable disease. Participating in this ride, puts me WAY out of my comfort zone- it is mentally and physically demanding. In a very small way, I feel like this effort helps create awareness that we need to keep fighting for a cure. I work in this great Fenwick community where each day we encourage and expect our students to think beyond themselves and serve others. I am inspired by our kids to be a servant leader and catalyst for good. This is my way of ‘walking the talk’.”
Part of the Pan Ohio ride is to honor designated people. If you have a friend or loved one affected by cancer, and you want Mike to ride for them too, please share their name. Mike will wear their name on his shirt and carry the memory or fight, on your behalf. Good luck Mike!
Follow the Pan Ohio riders on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PanOhio/
Website: Pan Ohio Hope Ride