Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sammy's Ride cyclists prepare to roll for cancer research

SUN CITY CENTER — This time next week, a handful of local bikers will be well into a 2,400-mile cross-country journey aimed at raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

Sammy's Ride, named for the late granddaughter of Sun City Center residents Lois and Mike Libenson, begins in Sun City, Ariz., March 2. It ends back home just in time for Sun City Center's 50th anniversary celebration beginning May 1.

The riders, many of whom are also grandparents, will arrive in Arizona this weekend, according to the event's website. After that, the route map calls for them to cross seven states in two months. They've only planned seven days of rest.

Along the route, the riders also plan to visit hospitals and talk to children and families about their mission.

The goal is to raise $1 million for Team Will, a California-based organization that funds childhood cancer research through cycling projects.

Nine-year-old Sammy Rotman, who inspired the ride, died three years ago of osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.

To learn more or donate, visit

Kim Wilmath can be reached at (813) 661-2442 or

Sammy's Ride cyclists prepare to roll for cancer research 02/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa poll rates streets, flooding, police-community relations and transportation as top public priorities


    A city of Tampa online survey of the public's priorities for the next 18 months rated improving streets and easing flooding as the top priority of nearly 89 percent of respondents.

    Survey results
  2. Video shows women violently beating another in apparent Pasco road rage incident


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Two women are accused of dragging another woman out of her car window and beating her unconscious at a Pasco County intersection in an apparent road rage incident, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Shelley Lyn Gemberling, 49, and Alicia Nikole Scarduzio, 20, are accused of pulling another driver out of her car and beating her in a Pasco County intersection. (Pasco Sheriff's Office)
  3. Top 5 at noon: Out of sight, out of mind: a Times investigation; PolitiFact: what's at stake in the tax debate? and more


    Here are the latest headlines and updates on

    Aaron Richardson Jr. talks to voices in his head at his father's bail bond business in St. Petersburg. Richardson has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]
  4. It's not a game, but the names are all the same in this football family


    TAMPA — A coach yells across the field into a scrum of blue-and-white clad football bodies at Jefferson High: "Kim Mitchell! Kim Mitchell, come here!"

    These twins are not only identical, but they have almost identical names. Kim Mitchell III, left, and Kim Mitchell IV are  talented football players at Jefferson High with Division I-A college offers. Kim  III wears No. 22 and plays cornerback while Kim IV wears No. 11 and plays safety. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
  5. Did Hurricane Irma speed the end of Florida orange juice?


    Hurricane Irma plundered Florida's orange belt, leaving a trail of uprooted trees, downed fruit and flooded groves worse than anything growers say they have seen in more than 20 years.

    A large number of oranges lie on the ground at the Story Grove orange grove in the wake of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 13, 2017, in Lake Wales. [Photo by Brian Blanco | Getty Images]