2012-08-28 / Front Page

Family set to pedal 100 miles to benefit N.J. Cancer Institute

Local residents prepare for Century for the Cure bike ride to raise awareness of disease
BY JACQUELINE DURETT Correspondent


Christopher Goydos (l-r), Dr. James Goydos, Maria Martins, Matthew Goydos and Ryan Goydos prepare for the annual Century for the Cure bike ride to benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 
KEEYAHTAY LEWIS Christopher Goydos (l-r), Dr. James Goydos, Maria Martins, Matthew Goydos and Ryan Goydos prepare for the annual Century for the Cure bike ride to benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. KEEYAHTAY LEWIS EAST BRUNSWICK — Residents may have seen members of the Goydos family riding their bikes around town this summer.

However, the family hasn’t been going on leisurely rides — they have been training for the eighth annual Century for the Cure charity bike ride that benefits the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick.

Dr. James Goydos, head of the melanoma program at CINJ, his wife, Maria Martins, and their sons, twins Christopher and Ryan, 16, and Matthew, 14, will ride Sept. 8 to benefit CINJ. Dr. Goydos and his two older sons are pedaling 100 miles. Maria and Matthew will ride the 40-mile route. The ride, which also has an 80-mile option, begins and ends at Camp Riverbend in Warren Township, and winds through surrounding local roads.

“The money that’s raised goes directly to the Cancer Institute,” Martins said, adding that the event has a great purpose and has been a unique family goal for the summer. “It’s a win-win. We get to bond, do something as a family, and the Cancer Institute benefits from the funds we raise.”

Christopher Goydos said his father, who had already been participating in the annual ride, asked him if he wanted to ride as well. The younger Goydos said he liked the idea because it combined an athletic activity with a charitable cause.

“It’s a good thing to support,” he said of the institute. “It’s just a big moral payoff in the end.”

“I did this because I want people to get aware of this cause,” Ryan Goydos added. He went on to say that Martins’ mother, the boys’ grandmother, has been successful in her fight against breast cancer.

“We ride for her; we ride for basically everyone else,” he said.

Matthew Goydos said he followed his older brothers’ lead on doing the ride, and added it’s a great way to give back.

Ryan Goydos said he and the rest of his family have been training for months for the ride, and do about 10 to 12 hours a week. He said at first it was a struggle to do such long rides, but now it’s getting easier, and he anticipates the three doing the 100-mile ride will finish in less than seven hours.

All three Goydos children, who attend East Brunswick High School, said they would be interested in doing future rides, and Matthew Goydos said he has been actively encouraging friends to join them next year.

The Goydoses, who have created special wristbands that promote both their team and the ride, have a fundraising goal of about $2,500, which Martins is confident they’ll reach. “We could always do better,” she said. “[But] we’re going to reach our goal.”

The ride is the brainchild of Warren Township resident Scott Glickman, who was successfully treated at CINJ for stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma nearly 15 years ago and was looking for a way to say thank you and raise cancer awareness. Since its inception, the ride has raised $825,000 for CINJ.

To learn more, visit www.centuryforthecure.com. To donate specifically to the Goydos family team, type in GOYDO5.

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