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Georgia Volunteers Raise Funds and Awareness at 2nd Annual Aptalis CF Cycle for Life

November 8, 2011

On a beautiful October weekend, 165 cyclists — cheered on by nearly 100 friends and family members — pedaled through the gently rolling hills and scenic terrains in Georgia to raise more than $95,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Cyclists from Choate Construction begin their trek in the 2nd annual Georgia Aptalis CF Cycle for Life.
Cyclists from Choate Construction begin their trek in the 2nd annual Georgia Aptalis CF Cycle for Life.

“The Georgia Aptalis CF Cycle for Life event is always a great day,” says Andrew Hebert, event logistics chair and CF dad to Louis and Joanie. “Cyclists from around the area really appreciate the overall experience, and we are pulling in a whole new community in support of CF.”

On Your Mark, Get Set — Pedal!

After a heart-pumping (and laugh-inducing) warm-up led by 30-year-old volunteer and triathlete Geordie Steward, who has CF, cyclists embarked on 15-, 30- or 65-mile bike tours, starting and finishing in the picturesque community of Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills.

Among those who enjoyed the ride were cyclists Adam Hayes, 33, who has CF, and his fiancée, who rode the 15-mile route. The Choate Cyclone cycling team earned accolades as the top fundraising team, raising nearly $15,000 with 22 riders.

Volunteers staffed along the routes greeted the cyclists so enthusiastically, one rider thought he had reached the finish line instead of a rest stop. Every event detail, from the registration process to the food services — and even the balloons on display — were designed to ensure a positive experience for cyclists and their guests. 

The Georgia Chapter would like to thank the event chairs:

  • Andrew Hebert, Logistics Chair
  • Kurt Ronn, Fundraising Co-Chair
  • Steve Soteres, Fundraising Co-Chair

Its local hosts:

  • Serenbe and the Nygren Family

Its corporate sponsors:

  • Aptalis
  • Choate Construction     
  • HRworks
  • W. Winston Briggs Law Firm

And its in-kind sponsors:

  • Atlanta Trek
  • Blue-Eyed Daisy
  • Coca-Cola
  • Concentrics Restaurants
  • The Farmhouse
  • Royal Produce
  • Serenbe
  • Sysco   

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.