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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 20, 2017

Washington to host Rock ‘n’ Ride benefit

By Xiomara Levsen | Jun 28, 2017
This year’s event is dedicated to Perry Rich. Rich was diagnosed in 2014 with a high-grade glioblastoma brain tumor, according to the events website.

 

 

On July 8 Washington County will be full of bicyclists, runners and people enjoying live music during Rock ‘n’ Ride.

This is the third year for Rock ‘n’ Ride.

The day will begin at 8 a.m., at KC Hall in Washington, with a 5K fun run down the Kewash Trail, said event committee member Dave Friese. The bicycle ride will begin at 9 a.m. and will go from KC Hall down to Riverside and back. The day will end with Rock ‘n’ Relax at KC Hall with a catered dinner and silent auction.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Holden Cancer Center for Research [at the University of Iowa],” Friese said.

So far the event has raised $108,000.

“Our community never ceases to amaze me,” Friese said. “The first year it eclipsed anything we dreamt of. I don’t even know how to put it in words. It’s just really neat that our community will pull behind something like that.”

This year’s event is dedicated to Perry Rich. Rich was diagnosed in 2014 with a high-grade glioblastoma brain tumor, according to the events website. He had several surgeries and treatments at the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. He passed away 18 months later at the age of 39.

The Rock ‘n’ Ride committee approached the Rich family about being involved in Rock ‘n’ Ride, Friese said.

“They accepted our offer to be involved and we’re excited to have them involved,” he added. “It helps when you’re in mourning to be there for others – it just does. That’s what I got out of it and that’s what I’m going to share with other people and that’s what I hope we can do.”

Neil Rich is Perry’s younger brother and said his family is excited to be involved.

“It’s kind of an honor to have a big brother that can inspire others,” he said.

Rock ‘n’ Ride also includes events Perry would have wanted to do.

“He probably would have preferred the 5k,” Neil said. “He ran a marathon in Chicago a couple years ago as one of his bucket list items.”

Neil described his brother in one word -- active.

“I don’t know how many times I heard, ‘You wouldn’t know he was sick,’ ” Neil said. “He loved to be active.”

Most of the Rich family will be in attendance Saturday, July 8, Neil said.

Several of Perry’s friends from the Washington area will also participate in his honor.

“It’s for a good cause,” Neil added. “Mom worked in the cancer center at the University of Iowa for a long time. This is a good way to push cancer research and to keep it going.”

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