Five business executives are embarking on a journey that will challenge their physical and mental limits, with a goal to raise awareness and $200,000 to detect and treat cancer in underdeveloped countries.
At the ages of 50, 55, 60, 65+ and 70, these five individuals will travel from Columbus to Minneapolis, MN before donning their gear and bicycles riding 1500+ miles through eight states for a total of 17 days to the finish line in New Orleans, LA.
Jim Frey (70), Dick Bartz (65+), Mike Jerome (60), Mark Donati (55), and Geoff Clark (50), the ‘Five x Five’ as they are called, are not your typical competitors. They come from a variety of professions and backgrounds and currently ride as enthusiasts, not professionals. However, they are no strangers to long rides. Clark rode cross country from San Diego to New Jersey in 21 days raising money for the American Cancer Society. Frey also raised funds for the American Cancer Society by riding from Portland, OR to Columbus in 1990 spanning 20 days. The five are riding to support an organization working to end cervical cancer in underdeveloped countries. The Women’s Global Cancer Alliance (WGCA) is a Louisville, Kentucky nonprofit organization on a shoestring budget with a passionate mission: to provide life-saving cancer screenings for women. Dr. Robert Hilgers is the founder and champion of WGCA. He travels to Haiti and
works to detect cervical cancer and provide preventive care. Jim Frey learned about his work in 2014 and decided to help. Frey completed a 720 mile solo ride in November of that year raising $80,000. Inspired by the impact the funds made on the organization, Frey decided to organize another ride for October of this year, doubling the distance and recruiting some friends. Each team member has been affected in some way by cancer through friends and relatives which is their inspiration to make an impact.
If you would like to participate and help make sure the ‘Five x Fives’ reach their goal, please donate to their cause here by visiting www.fb.com/fivexfives.