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West Side Cause for Celebration

2/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Pedal for Heroes

GREATER AKRON — The second annual Pedal for Heroes fundraising event will take place at a dozen area fitness centers Feb. 24. During the event, indoor cyclists will ride 1 minute for each post-9/11 fallen soldier from Ohio. Walkers, runners, swimmers and rowers are also welcome to participate. The event was started by Jerry Lynch, owner of LifeCenter Plus in Hudson, and Cassie Schumacher, of West Akron, to bring awareness to veterans’ issues, according to event officials. Last year, the 262-minute event raised $16,000 for local veterans’ charities with 11 fitness centers in Northeast Ohio participating, according to Schumacher. This year, some of the organizations to benefit from the fundraiser, which will last 276 minutes, are Valor Home of Summit County and the Ghost Rider Foundation, as well as go toward Pedal for Heroes’ efforts to start a bike co-op and do more outreach programming, she said. The event is also billed as a tribute to Andy Nowacki, who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Feb. 26, 2005. Nearby, RP Fitness in Merriman Valley, the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium and The University of Akron are signed up to participate in this year’s event. For more information, including a list of gyms participating, or to make a donation, visit pedalforheroesusa.org. Those interested in taking part Feb. 24 can register on the website or contact a gym on the list.

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