One of the most frequently used words to describe the entire Cycle Oregon community is “family.” Cycle Oregon is a great ride for a great cause, but if there’s one thing that keeps the same riders (not to mention the same volunteers) coming back year after year, it’s the bonds we form with the event, the places we visit and each other. These bonds run far too deep and prove far too meaningful to accurately describe any other way. Mark Bosworth began volunteering for Cycle Oregon in 2007. Mark, a two-time cancer survivor who was battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, went missing on September 16, 2011 in Riddle, the last stop on that year’s Cycle Oregon Week Ride. To this date, he has not been found. In Mark’s honor, his wife, Julie, and their daughters, Claire and Kelly, have created the Mark Bosworth Fund, to help cyclists who have not been able to participate in Cycle Oregon due to financial hardship, so they can experience the event. The scholarship includes both registration and Tent & Porter Service for a single rider each year. Applications for the 2014 ride are being taken at www.markbosworthfund.org, and are due on March 15. Recipients will be chosen and notified in early April. The Bosworths are close to reaching their goal of raising the $30,000 needed to create a permanent endowment. Please consider a donation to the Mark Bosworth Fund, 2000 N.E. 42nd Ave., Suite 166, Portland, OR, 97213-1305.
February 8, 2013