St. Clair Shores man riding to find cures for childhood cancer

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 10, 2019

 Daniel Ainsworth, of St. Clair Shores, is riding 500 miles to benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund through the Great Cycle Challenge USA.

Daniel Ainsworth, of St. Clair Shores, is riding 500 miles to benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund through the Great Cycle Challenge USA.

Photo provided by Daniel Ainsworth

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — “I’m participating for children with cancer because they can’t, and it’s something I can do to help them out.”

That’s what Daniel Ainsworth said on why he pledged to bike at least 500 miles during the month of June while raising money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund through the fifth annual Great Cycle Challenge USA.

Ainsworth, who has lived in St. Clair Shores for a dozen years, said that both of his parents died from cancer, as did the child of a friend. He said that he wants to do anything he can to help advance the cause of research into childhood cancers.

“I started June 1. I’m trying to ride as much as possible. I’ve already ridden 116 miles,” he said June 3.

The Great Cycle Challenge USA started in 2015. Since then, more than 153,000 riders from 50 states have ridden 12 million miles and have raised more than $16 million for research and development of better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

This year, the Children’s Cancer Research Fund hopes to raise $8.6 million with the help of 50,000 riders.

“Over 15,000 American children are diagnosed with cancer every year and, sadly, 38 children die every week,” John Hallberg, CEO of Children’s Cancer Research Fund said in a press release. “Thanks to riders like Daniel, we’re fueling groundbreaking research to save lives and give kids the brighter future they deserve.”

Ainsworth is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. June 23 at Firehouse Pub, 23018 Greater Mack Ave. Tickets cost $15 in advance by sending an email to bulldog696990@yahoo.com or $20 at the door and include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad and bread. All proceeds will go toward the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

Ainsworth said that he rides between 15 and 35 miles each day. To prepare, he walked with his bulldog a few miles a day to get used to the exercise.

“I ride all around St. Clair Shores, trails, down Jefferson, all around,” he said. “It is hard — the soreness, the pain — but it is for kids.”

To learn more about Ainsworth’s fundraiser and the Great Cycle Challenge USA or to donate, visit greatcyclechallenge.com/riders/danielainsworth.

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