Dr. Brad Brautigan of Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville is riding over 100 miles in the Pelotonia ride this weekend in honor of his former employee, Rita Church, who passed away from cancer in 2010.
"She was a long time employee here at orthopaedic associates," said Brautigan. "She fought cancer for years. We were all witness to that, and she fought hard."
Brautigan says Rita is the reason he started riding in the first place and has been doing so ever since. Brautigan along with his team, will start in Columbus and ride just over 100 miles to Gambier this Saturday and they’re hoping to raise $2,000 per rider.
"The easiest way to donate, if people are willing to donate to my ride, is to find my profile on the Pelotonia website. It’s very easy to donate with a charge card."
The Pelotonia ride was started in 2009 as a way to expand cancer research. Since then, over 11,000 riders have raised over $42 million for cancer research with 100 percent of the funds going to the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. You can go to wwww.pelotonia.org and search "Brautigan" to donate to his ride.