Ellicott City: County riders fill out the 4k for Cancer cross country bike trek

Remember my recent article about the Centennial High school alumni Kevin Barnes, Raymond Kim and Ella Lee who are participating in the 4K for Cancer Ride Across America?

Ellicott City resident Meryl Eddy read the story and kindly wrote to tell me there are more than three riders from the Ellicott City/Columbia area, including her daughter Sarah Eddy.

According to Eddy, there are a total of eight Howard County riders — seven from Ellicott City and one from Columbia — biking with the 4K for Cancer program this summer.

"Howard County is well represented by these young people on this amazing journey," wrote Meryl Eddy. I couldn't agree more.

The 4K for Cancer program sponsors three cross country teams. Although all the teams begin their journey together in Baltimore, the three teams finish their rides in different west coast locations — Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

Team San Francisco sports local students Stephanie Ausfresser, a Mt. Hebron High school and Towson University graduate Kelly Schofield, a Centennial High School graduate and current Virginia Tech student, and Patrick Sheridan, a Mount St. Joe High School graduate and current Howard County Community College student.

Sarah Eddy, a Mt. Hebron High School and University of Maryland College Park graduate, is riding for Team Portland. And, joining Barnes, Kim and Lee on Team Seattle is Caiti Jackson, a Wilde Lake High school graduate and current Univeristy of Maryland, College Park, student.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, all the bikers finished the final leg of their 70-day, 4,000-plus-mile cross country journey.

Collectively, the 85 riders on Teams Portland, San Francisco and Seattle amassed almost $500,000 to raise awareness and provide support to fight cancer in young adults. The eight riders from Howard County accounted for almost $50,000 of the total raised.

Congratulations to all the riders. You make Howard County very proud!

For more information about 4K for Cancer go to their website at http://www.4Kforcancer.org .

Linda E. Spencer, a facilitator for the Howard County branch of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, would like to invite the public to the its first meeting of the 2012-2013 season on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Ellicott City Senior Center.

The meeting topic is "Start the School Year Off RIght: Powerful Parent-School Partnerships." Monthly meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through May, with no meeting in December. For more information, go to the CHADD website at http://www.chadd-mc.org/howard-parents.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 in partnership with Bob Evans, both of Ellicott City, announced they are hosting a fundraiser benefitting the post's Veterans Relief Fund on Saturday, Aug. 11, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., at the restaurant.

If you visit the restaurant and present a flyer at the time of purchase, 15 percdent of your bill will be donated to the Veterans Relief Fund. Download a copy of the flyer by going to the Post's website at http://www.vfw7472.org (see hyperlink at bottom of the home page).

For more information, contact VFW Post 7472 Service Officer Al Hernandez at 410-465-1801.

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