Ride for Hope Bahamas
Participants, volunteers, sponsors, and donors come together in an extraordinary way channeling energy and resources into something much greater than the event itself.
Participants themselves have called the Ride for Hope "a truly inspiring weekend." We celebrate the victories of cancer survivors and the memories of those who lost their battles. We rally for those who are in the fight now.
Ride for Hope, with the support of its participants, corporate sponsors and volunteers are together fighting cancer in The Bahamas. Supporters of the event participate for many reasons: some because they have survived cancer, others in memory of loved ones, or honoring those in the fight, and truly because they all care. The Ride for Hope is a fundraiser which garners funds together to meaningfully impact a critical cause, and eradicate cancer from the shores of the Bahamas. The ridersí donations help save lives every day, and Ride for Hope is committed to helping riders do so by putting on a high-caliber event.
Across The Bahamas the burdens of cancer care and treatment are great and demand a sustainable partnership between public and private stakeholders. Cancer treatment is extremely expensive, and frequently beyond the ability of families across the nation to pay. Sadly, cancer treatment often creates deep and lasting financial stress for families involved, at the very least. Against this backdrop, Ride for Hope set out ten years ago to make a significant difference, and to date has raised close to $3,000,000. The 10th Anniversary Gran Fondo (2017) created a philanthropic response of more than $550,000. The fundraising effort per participant skyrocketed by 195% over the last event.
RFH success created and maintains the Treatment Assistance Fund, the first of its kind in the country, which supports cancer patients with their treatment costs through financial grants. Ride for Hope has funded the Cancer Societyís nationwide Cancer Education Program, a grassroots outreach effort that sends trained nurses to communities throughout The Bahamas to educate, raise awareness, and teach self-screening and good health choices. The Family Islands Mammogram Screening Program (FIMS), another ongoing RFH programme, brings women from Family Islands to New Providence for free mammogram screenings and follow ups if necessary. RFH also made a major contribution to the purchase of the Princess Margaret Hospitalís digital mammography machine and paid off the debt incurred by the Cancer Society to build its hospice center in New Providence.