Jim and Whitney Fox are planning to ride in their third Cycle4Care at the end of January. It’s a fun activity they enjoy doing together with the added bonus of raising money for cancer support services in Maine.
Whitney first heard about the Cancer Community Center and Cycle4Care when she was living on Peaks Island. “I first learned about if from Barbara and Chris Hoppin. It seemed like a good cause so I signed on. ”
That was in 2012 when Cycle4Care was held at a small gym and consisted of a couple dozen bikes. The following year, Whitney invited her dad to join her and they’ve been riding together ever since.
“It’s fun. It’s our father-daughter time,” says Jim, as he jokes about how challenging it is to keep up with his daughter. “We’re competitive so we get each other going,” adds Whitney with a laugh.
Both of Jim’s parents died of cancer and he likes the idea of supporting a local organization that provides support for people touched by the disease. “A lot of money goes to cancer research and the work of the Center doesn’t get as much attention. It’s a worthy cause and it’s local. I like that.”
Whitney echoes her father’s sentiments. “Cancer is one of those things that affects everybody. With Cycle4Care and the Cancer Community Center, I’ve found something I can put my energy into supporting.” Whitney learned about giving back to the community from her parents, who started the Fox Family Foundation as another way to channel resources to worthy causes.
A professional photographer, Whitney also volunteers her time to take photos of the event each year. “It’s another way to contribute to the Center.”
Join Whitney and Jim at the UNE Finley Rec Center on Friday, January 30.
Register for Cycle4Care today!