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What is the American Cancer Society?
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Where does my donation go?
85% of each donation made goes to support the American Cancer Society. The other 15% goes to Dream Come True, a local organization that provides dreams for critically ill children. Our donation is given to children who are battling cancer. We are proud that over 95% of the money we raise goes directly to these charities. Most provisions, food, and lodging are donated or paid for by the riders through their registration fee.

Are the roads closed?
No, the route is along open roads. Please cycle in the shoulder to be safe. Please obey local traffic laws.

Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes, you have to wear a helmet. When you register for Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, you are asked to sign or accept a waiver that states that you will agree to wear a helmet along the route.

When is the PPRAC?
The ride is scheduled for July 23 - 29, 2017. We will be starting our ride in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the finish line will be in Palmerton, PA.

What is a typical day on the PPRAC?
Along the route, there are frequent rest stops, a team of bike repair experts, and plenty of support vehicles. Every day is filled with its own challenges and excitement, but there is a typical pattern that is followed. Read the Typical Day article

Where do we sleep at night?
Generous host facilities (churches, schools, YM/YWCA's) open their doors and accommodate the PPRAC ride to keep our overhead costs minimal.

Are meals provided?
Most meals are provided by our generous hosts. Snacks, energy bars and gels are the responsibility of each PPRAC rider. Occasionally we're asked to contribute a small amount ($5-10) to help offset the costs.

How do we get to the start of the PPRAC?
PPRAC riders will be taken by bus, and the various support vehicles, to the start town from Palmerton, PA. Bikes and gear are transported to the start of the ride separately in a truck. A secure parking lot is available for your to leave your car during the week.

Do I need to get my bike inspected?
Yes All bikes to be inspected prior to the PPRAC ride by July 15th of the PPRAC year. Please get your bike inspected at your local bike shop and return the inspection form found in your rider packet or click here to download a copy.

Should I know how to change a flat tire on my bike?
Yes. Although there are Support Vans on the PPRAC ride, each rider is expected to be able to perform minor bike fixes, such as changing their own bike tire.

How can I fundraise?
We have created a list of basic fundraising techniques, ideas and suggestions can help. Visit the Download Library for fundraising tips, sample letters, and pledge sheets.

Do I need to be self-reliant?
Yes, although Support Vans are provided each PPRAC rider is expected to be self-reliant. The PPRAC is a challenging ride in which the participants are expected to be able to ride 80 to 110 miles on a daily basis, and be self-sufficient while on the route. We do provide a number of services for convenience, safety, and support. The following is a list of support vehicles.

  • Lead Van - Transports luggage from point to point. Can provide minimal mechanical support. Carries first aid supplies, water and food.
  • Support Van - One or two vehicles drive back and forth between riders providing food, water, first aid and moral support.
  • Mechanic Vehicle - Driven by a mechanic who can service bicycles on the road and perform other repairs in the evening.
  • Trail ("SAG") Vehicle - Follows behind the last riders. If a rider will be unable to make the 5pm cutoff time, they will be asked to ride in the Sweep Vehicle so that they (and the volunteers) will make it in for dinner.

How do I know where to ride each day?
Mapping meetings are scheduled after dinner or evening program. See the daily message board posted at every host site for details. Cue sheets will be distributed for the next days ride. Topics mentioned are safety, lunch stop, towns on the route, Kodak moments and other interests.

Are there any types of bikes that are prohibited?
Only non-motorized bikes are welcome. Bikes such as tandems are welcome, but we have a full list of what type of roads bikes and gear we suggest to make your ride the most efficient possible. Learn more about bicycles and gear.

What happens if it rains?
The Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer will take place rain or shine so be sure to check the weather and dress appropriately.

Is my registration fee tax deductible?
Yes, 100% tax deductible. When you register on-line you will receive a confirmation e-mail that serves as your receipt for tax purposes. When registering by mail or in person, your cancelled check serves as your receipt. For cash, a receipt can be given.

If I raise additional money, should I bring it to the event?
We encourage you to mail in your donations before or after the event. We can accept donations until December 31 to count for that year's campaign. American Cancer Society, Attn: Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017

What should I do if I raise funds offline?
If you have a personal fundraiser or team fundraiser where you have collected cash/checks and want the money to be reflected in your fundraising thermometer you can send them to American Cancer Society Attn: Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer “Participant Name” 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017. These will then be entered in to your participant center and reflected on your thermometer. The participant will be notified with an email when this is entered. Donors can find an individualized form on your “Personal Page” that has the address pre-printed of where to send their donations along with your name and ID number.

How do I make sure funds turned in are counted towards my totals?
In order to have your fundraising donations officially counted, the checks/money must be turned in at the rider registration stations at the event check in or by sending checks to American Cancer Society at the address listed above. Please make sure to include your name somewhere or print off your personalized donation form off of your personal page to make sure that it is credited to your total.

If I make a donation online using my credit card, will I receive a receipt for my tax records?
Yes. After submitting your online donation you will be directed to a confirmation page that can be printed for your tax records. In addition, an email will be sent to the email address you provided at the time you made the donation that includes a receipt that can be printed for your records. Both the confirmation page and the email receipt will provide you with the value of your contribution that is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If I mail in my donation, will I receive a receipt for my tax records?
Yes. The American Cancer society will mail a letter, along with a receipt for tax records, approximately six weeks after they receive the donation. The receipt will provide the donor with the value of your contribution that is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Mail In Donations
Please mail checks made payable to the American Cancer Society to: American Cancer Society, Attn: PPRAC, 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, PA 18017.

How does the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer help cancer patients?
Thanks in part to the generous contributions to the Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, the Society is saving lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Learn more about how the American Cancer Society is helping save lives.

Need more information?
Please contact MaryAnn Kennedy at 1-888-227-5445 or email at MaryAnn.Kennedy@cancer.org.