Helping people comes naturally to Outreach Program’s Founders, Floyd and Kathy Hammer, who spent the last weekend volunteering at the Pan Florida Challenge Cancer Bike Ride. The ride was founded by Ed and Sue Mullins, which was held on March 27th and 28th of 2021 in southwest Florida.
Volunteering to work at the break stations, Floyd and Kathy were kept busy distributing energy bars, insect spray, fruit, water, and pickle juice – yes, pickle juice! In the past, Kathy and Floyd had always made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to give to the hungry cyclists. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-packed snacks were distributed. Next year the yummy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be back in the lineup!
This annual event brings together cyclists and individuals from the US and worldwide on a mission to engage the community in cancer prevention and patient support. Pan Florida Challenge also provides a Backpack Program supporting undernourished children. Four ride options can accommodate the casual or beginner cyclist, all the way to the most elite committed cyclist. Pan Florida Challenge Cancer Bike Ride is currently supported by more than 300 volunteers, 50 sponsors, 1,400 donors, and 300 bike riders.