Ride On, Live On

Minnesota’s inaugural two-day fundraising bike ride to nourish those living with breast cancer in our community.


JUNE 21-22, 2008



The first ever two-day Breast Cancer Ride

When? June 21-22, 2008
Where? Riders begin in Bloomington, cycle down to Treasure Island, stay overnight, then head back to Bloomington the next day. Download route map (PDF)
Who? Riders of all cycling abilities and age levels. The ride is fully supported; meals are provided. Each cyclist is asked to raise a minimum of $750 in pledges.
Why? Make a difference in the lives of those living with and affected by breast cancer.

Can’t do the Breast Cancer Ride but still want to show your support? Join us at the following events:

Opening Ceremonies, Saturday, June 21 at 7 a.m. at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55431
Friends and Family Night, Saturday, June 21 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch, MN 55089
Closing Ceremonies, Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55431

Volunteer at pre- and post-ride events. Visit www.breastcancerride.com for all volunteer opportunities.

Register today at: breastcancerride.org – 651-209-8387

*Proceeds benefit Open Arms of Minnesota

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First ever Breast Cancer Ride, produced by Charity Events of Minnesota to benefit Open Arms

Life is all about choices. What you wear, what you eat, what you drive, what you do, where you work, how you spend your free time, who you associate with. Those diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a choice. When their doctor utters the words “You have cancer” they immediately join a club they never wanted to join. They have to accept their diagnosis and, if they want to get well, undergo treatment and oftentimes surgery.

When it comes to fighting breast cancer, however, those affected by the disease—either personally or through a loved one—have a choice to make a difference by participating in or sponsoring someone in the first ever Breast Cancer Ride set for June 21-22.

Established in 2007, Charity Events of Minnesota is an independent nonprofit organization that specializes in producing human potential events in which participants raise money for the benefit of other local charities. Charity Events of Minnesota is excited to be producing the Breast Cancer Ride, benefiting Open Arms of Minnesota.

Make a Difference

The mission of Charity Events of Minnesota, a local nonprofit organization who is producing the Breast Cancer Ride, is to create and produce fundraising events for other local, disease-related nonprofit organizations. As the staff discussed the logistics of the bike ride, it became apparent just how many people had been touched by breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Ride would serve as a platform for taking the stories and memories of loved ones and uniting men and women in a common cause.  The ride would serve as a place where—for one weekend—those affected by breast cancer can do something positive and make a difference in the lives of others.

You can help out in one of many ways:  register to bike during the Breast Cancer Ride, a weekend ride with an option of 100 or 150 miles over two (hopefully sunny) summer days, join the support crew (no experience necessary —just a lot of heart!); volunteer at pre- and post-ride events, or consider making a tax-deductible donation. Riders and crew both pay an $85 registration fee but only riders are required to raise the $750 fundraising minimum.

If you register to ride or volunteer as part of the crew, you can do so as an individual, join an existing team, or create a team of your own. Don’t have anyone to participate with? Why not join Team Open Arms?  New members are always welcome!

If you can’t participate but would still like to support the Breast Cancer Ride, you can make a tax deductible donation at breastcancerride.org.

An Invaluable Service

Shopping for groceries, preparing meals, and taking care of a family can be incredibly draining after dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy, demanding schedule of radiation, and mental stress of worrying about a cancer diagnosis. It’s a small wonder that those going through breast cancer treament are able to function at all. And that’s where Open Arms comes in.

Open Arms is the only service provider in the Twin Cities that delivers free nutritious meals to people living with breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), and multiple sclerosis (MS), and it does so at no cost to clients. With more and more clients seeking this service, it made perfect sense to Charity Events of Minnesota to select Open Arms as the beneficiary of the Breast Cancer Ride. Proceeds from the ride will help support the breast cancer meal delivery program, serving not only the women and men affected with breast cancer, but also their caregivers and dependent children. The service is truly invaluable to those dealing with the financial, medical, psychological, physical, cosmetic and interpersonal challenges of breast cancer.

Due to growing demand, Open Arms is in the middle of a capital campaign to build a new, larger facility. This expansion will ensure that more people with chronic and progressive diseases will not go hungry in our community. For more information about how you can help, visit openarmsmn.org.

For more information about the Breast Cancer Ride, visit breastcancerride.com.

The Breast Cancer Ride would like to thank Minnesota Monthly magazine, Treasure Island Resort and Casino, Erik’s Bike Shop, Life Image, TDS Telecom, and the St. Paul Saints for their support.


  • Open Arms expanded its focus to include breast cancer clients in 2004. Open Arms meal service is available to those facing difficulties relating to a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or breast cancer.
  • Open Arms was the first organization of its kind in the nation to deliver Nausea Care Packs to clients suffering from the effects of chemotherapy and other medications.
  • Approximately 193,293 meals were prepared and delivered in 2007—an increase of 39 percent from 2006.
  • Open Arms is the first national agency of its kind to develop organic menus that optimize the nutritional needs of the clients it serves.
  • The majority of organic food is purchased from local co-ops and organic farmers.(Organic foods are a simple way to help clients reduce the toxins they ingest, increase their nutrient intake and hopefully encourage them to continue making healthy food choices long after they end the Open Arms meal service).
  • The first ever two-day fundraising Breast Cancer Ride, produced by Charity Events of Minnesota to benefit Open Arms, is set for June 21-22. Download a brochure or find out when/where you can attend an orientation meeting by visiting breastcancerride.org.