Registration open for sixth annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ride for Hope

  • From left, ovarian cancer survivor JoAnn Hardison; founder of Ride for Hope and 36-year ovarian cancer survivor JuliAnne Scully; and ovarian cancer survivor Jillian Munsell stand before the 6-foot teal ribbon just before the start of the fifth annual Ride for Hope at Wintrust Field.

    From left, ovarian cancer survivor JoAnn Hardison; founder of Ride for Hope and 36-year ovarian cancer survivor JuliAnne Scully; and ovarian cancer survivor Jillian Munsell stand before the 6-foot teal ribbon just before the start of the fifth annual Ride for Hope at Wintrust Field. Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 
 
Updated 4/30/2021 7:06 PM

Registration is open for the sixth annual Ride for Hope, a 501(c)3 ovarian cancer motorcycle ride and celebration, escorted by the Illinois State Police and medically supported by the EMS Roaddocs of Illinois. The 65-mile charity ride on Sunday, Aug. 8, starts and ends at the Wintrust Stadium, formerly Boomers Stadium and Alexian Field, home of the Schaumburg Boomers, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road.

Day-of registration and check-in is from 8 to10 a.m., with kickstands up at 10 a.m. The after party begins at 12:30 p.m., open to riders and non-riders, and includes music, food and drink, silent and live auctions, and raffles.

 

Ride for Hope raises funds to help local women with financial hardships from ongoing medical treatment of ovarian cancer, and for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition "Faces of Hope" program, which provides newly diagnosed women a tote bag of support materials and resources.

This year's Ride for Hope nominated recipient is a 39-year-old West Chicago woman and mother of three, in her second battle with ovarian cancer.

The fundraiser was conceived and organized by JuliAnne Scully, owner/operator of JuliAnne's Salon & Spa in Schaumburg, in 2015. In its inaugural year, the ride raised $25,600, making it the largest third party 501(c)3 donation to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in the U.S. In total, Ride for Hope has donated over $100,000 to the NOCC.

"In 2019, with the help of our sponsors, contributors, volunteers, bikers, and the over 1,000 after-party guests, we raised $42,000 to help four ovarian cancer fighters," Scully said.

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"Last year, due to the pandemic, we were unable to gather and ride. This year, we have hit a grand slam with our generous sponsors and are overwhelmed by their kindness and support. Sponsors to date include: Schaumburg Boomers, Fat Rosie's Taco & Tequila Bar in Schaumburg, Rosati's Authentic Chicago Pizza of Carol Stream, Vienna Beef, Firehouse Dogs in Schaumburg, Wintrust Bank, Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers, Jewelry & Coin Mart of Schaumburg, Steak Syndicate, and JuliAnne's Salon & Spa.

Scully is a 36-year stage three ovarian cancer survivor, who bought her first bike to celebrate her 25-year cancer-free anniversary. "To date, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer; consequently, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages. One in 78 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease," Scully said.

To register for the ride and after-party, visit RideForHopeOCA2021.eventbrite.com, or stop in Julianne's Salon & Spa, 544 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, or call (224) 422-9914. Registration is $30 per person. All registered receive a goody bag valued at $40, and the first 200 to register receive a free 2021 Ride for Hope T-shirt.

The registration fee includes admission to the after party, food, music, silent and live auctions, raffles, a wine pull, and a visit with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The event ends at 4 pm.

To join the 2021 Ride for Hope, make a donation, or learn about the early warning signs of ovarian cancer visit www.rideforhopeil.com.

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