For years kind hearted individuals have been coming together in the hopes of raising money for cancer research and funding, The Relay for Life foundation, which is at the forefront of these fundraising efforts, was founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in the mid 1980s as a fun, easily accessible way to meet fellow survivors and raise money for research against the deadly illness, over the years that followed many different iterations of the relay have been implemented in the fight against cancer. One of the most recent variations of the relay comes in the form of the "Hope Ride".
The "Hope Ride" which was started by the Cortland Relay for Life foundation, has been attracting more and more cyclist since its creation in 2010. The Hope Ride which was sponsored by the TCTC, Scrappice, and the Buffalo Wild wings located in Niles took place on Aug. 25. It consists of a 35 mile ride that begins at Trumbull County Technical Center in Champion and ends at State Route 322 in Orwell. More than 110 cyclists participated this year alone, and the founders are hoping to allure even more participants next year.