Memorial Health
September 08, 2016

On Saturday, October 15, more than 50 people will pedal from Savannah to Augusta to raise money for cancer. Cyclists from around the region will participate in the 15th annual Patrick’s Ride. Riders will depart from the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah at 7 a.m. and arrive at the Marriott in Augusta around 7 p.m. This 140-mile bicycle ride raises money for adults and children with cancer at the ACI and The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

Funds raised support cancer services and the annual Harvest of Hope retreat for people with cancer and their families. Since its inception, Patrick’s Ride has raised more than $540,000, benefited more than 1,600 retreat participants, assisted in creating a family-friendly outpatient children’s cancer waiting room, provided program support for a dedicated children’s cancer nurse navigator and counseling services, and provided patient assistance for families such as fuel cards and meal assistance.

The ride was started by the late Patrick Booton, a cancer fighter, athlete, and retired medical physicist who worked at the ACI for 25 years. To register for the ride, to be a sponsor, or to make a donation, go to For more information, contact Anne Cordeiro at (912) 350-8934 or

This year’s ride is presented by Optim Orthopedics - Mark Kamaleson, M.D. and Nix Construction - Joseph Nix. Other 2016 ride sponsors include ACI Radiation Oncologists – Aaron Pederson, M.D. and Michael Hasselle, M.D.; Alliance Medical Physics; Coastal Allergy and Asthma.; Coastal Ambulatory Anesthesia; Low Country Cancer Care – George Negrea, M.D.; Summit Cancer Care, WRHQ - Quality Rock Q 105.3; Carrier; Kroger; Savannah Vascular and Cardiac Institute; Cedar Animal Hospital; Code Orange for Derrick Foundation; Donna M. Hammontree, LCSW, LLC; Northwestern Mutual- Richard Geriner Jr.; SouthCoast Health Imaging; South Georgia Center for Cancer Care – David Weems, M.D.; and Taylor Construction.