This past Sunday, the Knowledgent Riding Club, a group of cycling enthusiasts that include Knowledgent employees, their families, and clients, took part in Century for the Cure, a charity bike ride to benefit cancer research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Participating in the Century for the Cure was very inspirational. I rode 62 miles with Shail Jain, our CEO, and our team captain Nathan Lynn did a great job keeping the team motivated and challenging us to raise funds for such a great cause. Many family members and friends joined us.
The scenery on the course starting from Camp Riverbend in Warren, New Jersey was amazing, and each rest stop had plenty of treats and cheers. On one lonely hill, a solo bagpipe player pulled us up with motivating music.
Tired and exhausted, we rolled into the finish, where again, more volunteers cheered, garlanded us with beads and pointed the way to the barbecue. We were hungry as the last segment was all uphill!
We had dessert first and started with ice cream. It was brought to us by a cancer survivor. She thanked us for promoting the cause and for raising the funds. (Thanks to a generous team donation and corporate matching program, we were able to contribute over $9,000, the second-largest donation out of all the teams.) She had been cancer-free for three years and was all smiles. It was great to talk with her before more riders came in and she ran off to fetch more ice cream.
Later, when I put my bike on the rack, it wasn’t the ride I remembered, but the survivors. I was so glad that our team came together to support this, and it was a great reminder that we can overcome tough challenges if we collectively start helping each other.
Next year, we hope to gain more members, ride farther, and raise even more money.
More information on Century for the Cure can be found on their website. And if you’d like to join the Knowledgent Riding Club, please contact Nathan Lynn, Principal at Knowledgent.
To see Knowledgent Cares in action, check out our Flickr account.