JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Bikers will hit the road during the 2016 Arkansas Ride for the Cure on Saturday, July 30 in honor of a one-year cancer survivor.
According to a news release from St. Bernards, Brandie Lieblong will be recognized during a ceremony before the ride at 8 a.m. on the 200 block of Main Street, in Jonesboro.
Lieblong, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015, is a physical therapist who works in the Total Life Care Health Program at St. Bernards.
Lieblong is also a patient at St. Bernards and she has endured both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, along with surgery, she says she is looking forward to those treatments being behind her.
"Being diagnosed with cancer really opened my eyes to the fact that anyone can have breast cancer, and in an instant, life can change," said Lieblong.
"As a physical therapist, I always have been a giver and a pleaser of the most committed kind. So being on the receiving end has been very challenging", added Lieblong.
"This journey truly has been a new exercise for me. It has greatly strengthened my faith and has allowed me to inspire others," said Lieblong."The unity of the medical staff, family, friends and the Jonesboro community have helped me with each step of this journey."
This will be the eighth annual Arkansas Ride for the Cure, and the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen.
The 2016 Arkansas Ride for the Cure is a recreational ride for cyclists and includes three routes, a 20-mile, a 45-mile and a 62-mile gravel grinder route.
Cyclists of all abilities will be able to take a route that is best for them, and all routes will start in downtown Jonesboro.
Registration for cyclists is $50 and $20 for spirit riders who will receive t-shirts only.
The Main Street Mile Race will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 29.
The event will have some divisions including kids run, fun run, and competitive heats.
Participants are encouraged to sport flamboyant pink attire, according to the news release.
Registration for the Main Street Mile Race costs $20 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under.
A rooftop party at the Brickhouse Grill will be held after the race.
A Pink Pet Parade is also set for 11 a.m on the Saturday of the ride; this will be held in the Main Street parking lot across from Brickhouse.
This event is open to the first 20 people to register, and the cost is $15 per pet.
Pets should wear pink, and the event will be held under a tent to provide shade.
Plastic pools will also be available, and all pets must be leashed and have up-to-date vaccinations.
The grand prize is a custom painting of the winner's pet from Painting's by Hailey.
To register for these events, log on to www.ArkansasRideForTheCure.com.
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