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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.

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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]
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