BCM completes eighth year of riding in Tour de Pink

Oct. 1, 2012

Riders with the BCM Tour de Pink team take a break at the BCM-sponsored pit stop.
Riders with the BCM Tour de Pink team take a break at the BCM-sponsored pit stop.

The Pink Ribbons Project has been a strong supporter of Baylor College of Medicine for many years, providing important funding to maintain the Smith Breast Center's ability to provide breast cancer care for the medically underserved at Ben Taub General Hospital.

The support is not only appreciated but also reciprocated by BCM.

For the 8th year in a row, BCM participated in the Pink Ribbons Project's largest fundraising event – the Tour de Pink – Sunday, Sept. 16, at Prairie View A & M University.

The BCM team represented 46 of the 1,570 cyclists and one of the 88 teams riding in the cycling event.

Additionally, the team was one of the top fundraising teams, raising nearly $11,000 for the organization. Fundraising will continue through Oct. 16, 2012. To donate to Pink Ribbons Project on behalf of the BCM team, please visit the Tour de Pink website.

Ruth SoRelle, BCM's chief science editor, and Meggin Crawford, a hematology and oncology nurse practitioner at BCM, served as co-captains of this year's team as they have for many years in the past.

A rider fuels up at the BCM pit stop at the Tour de Pink.
A rider fuels up at the BCM pit stop at the Tour de Pink.

Additionally, BCM served as an official sponsor of the event as a host of one of the nine pit stops on the cycling routes, which included 12, 23, 34, 47, 63, 80 and 100 miles. The BCM pit stop was located on the 80- and 100-mile routes and provided relief (rest, refreshments and snacks) to more than 400 riders.

This is the third year in a row BCM has hosted a pit stop.

"Riding in the Tour de Pink is a fulfilling experience because you know you are having a good time and helping others. Having a team with members as dedicated and great as those at Baylor College of Medicine, the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at BCM makes it even more fun. I really appreciate the volunteers who give their time to make our Pit Stop and the tent at the beginning of the ride a good experience for all. The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center and Ted Yank (Duncan Cancer Center associate director of administration) provide the funding for the distinctive blue jerseys that let everyone know that we are part of the Baylor Team," said SoRelle.

Riders and volunteers make the Tour de Pink a success.
Riders and volunteers make the Tour de Pink a success.

"Tour de Pink is always a landmark event that Baylor College of Medicine riders take to heart. I'm proud of the funds we have raised and the spirit of the people who ride – many of whom work with people being treated for breast cancer on a daily basis. This benefits our community and our patients, and the team should be proud of its contributions," said Crawford.

To view photos from the event, please visit the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center's Facebook.