Patrick Florence Rides Again: Supporting Cancer Research Through Pelotonia

Sue Author - Sue Lusk-Gleich

Join The Columbus Team in supporting Patrick Florence's Pelotonia ride. Together, we can advance cancer research through Pelotonia and make an impact.

Cancer Research Through Pelotonia Weekend Ride

At The Columbus Team, we are more than just a team of dedicated real estate professionals—we are a family committed to making a difference in our community. This year, we are incredibly proud to support one of our own, Patrick Florence, as he once again takes on the challenge of the Pelotonia Ride to raise funds for cancer research.

What is Pelotonia?

Pelotonia is an annual cycling event that brings together thousands of riders, volunteers, and supporters with one shared goal: to end cancer. Participants can choose from various routes, ranging from 20 to 200 miles, depending on their cycling ability and commitment level. The funds raised through Pelotonia go directly to innovative cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Patrick’s Journey

This isn’t Patrick’s first Pelotonia. With a passion for cycling and a heart dedicated to philanthropy, he has participated in the ride for several years. Each ride, he pushes himself to new limits, inspired by the stories of those affected by cancer and driven by the hope of a future free from this devastating disease.

Reflecting on a past ride, Patrick wrote, “It is so incredible to see the level of support from riders, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and communities with people lining the streets with posters and signs of loved ones that have been affected by cancer. Each year, something memorable touches me deeply. In 2019, it was riding through Old Pickerington, where motorcycles lined up, and their owners revved them up to a thundering roar in support of Pelotonia. It brought chills over me as we passed by; it was soooo cool!”

Patrick Florence for Pelotonia Weekend Ride

Patrick rides with a team called CC-Love Out Loud & Shut Up and Ride. This team was formed in honor of Chris Collaros, a beloved friend, educator, and musician who supported their Pelotonia fundraising efforts before passing away from stage 4 cancer. Chris’s involvement and spirit live on through the team’s dedication to the cause.

Originally named “Shut Up and Ride,” the team’s name was inspired by Stacey’s friend Belinda, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Despite her diagnosis, Belinda trained for the first Pelotonia and would motivate Stacey with the phrase, “Shut Up and Ride.” Belinda passed away after the first Pelotonia, but her legacy continues to inspire the team.

How You Can Help

Supporting Patrick in his Pelotonia Ride is simple, and every contribution makes a difference. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Donate: Visit Patrick’s Pelotonia fundraising page and make a donation. Every dollar goes directly to cancer research, supporting groundbreaking studies and new treatments.
  • Spread the Word: Share Patrick’s story and fundraising efforts on social media. The more people who know about Pelotonia and Patrick’s ride, the greater the impact we can make together.
  • Join the Ride: If you’re a cycling enthusiast, consider joining Patrick and thousands of others in the Pelotonia Ride. Whether you ride a few miles or take on the full 200, your participation helps fuel the fight against cancer.

Why It Matters

Cancer touches all of us in some way, whether through personal experience or the stories of friends and loved ones. By supporting Patrick and the Pelotonia Ride, we are taking a stand against this disease and contributing to a future where cancer no longer casts a shadow over our lives.

At The Columbus Team, we believe in the power of community and the importance of giving back. We are inspired by Patrick’s dedication and are honored to support him in his journey. Together, we can make a real difference.

Join us in cheering on Patrick Florence as he rides for a cure. Let’s pedal towards a brighter, cancer-free future!