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Hundreds 'Bike to Beat Cancer'

Bicyclists were cheered on by spectators during the Bike to Beat Cancer event on Saturday. Bicyclists were cheered on by spectators during the Bike to Beat Cancer event on Saturday.
Isaac Lally, 9, is a brain cancer survivor. Isaac Lally, 9, is a brain cancer survivor.
Isaac and his dad, Marty Lally, prepared for their bike ride. Isaac and his dad, Marty Lally, prepared for their bike ride.
Isaac and Marty Lally rode in tandem. Isaac and Marty Lally rode in tandem.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Hundreds pedaled more than 35 miles across the metro Saturday in a charity bike ride. Bike to Beat Cancer benefited the Norton Cancer Institute.

Among the riders was a young boy who's all too familiar with the cause that brought together 500 registered cyclists.

Isaac Lally, 9, battled brain cancer when he was diagnosed at four-years-old, but this year he battled steep hills with his father instead.

"Isaac went through treatment through Kosair Children's Hospital, part of Norton Cancer Institute. This is our opportunity to give back and show them how Isaac is doing and what is possible," Marty Lally said. His son rode tandem on a bike during their trek.

Isaac admits, the Bike to Beat Cancer ride isn't for the weak. "It's a challenge, and you have to keep going to be able to accomplish it," Isaac said.

Bike to Beat Cancer supports programs through Norton Cancer Institute. Since Norton Healthcare and Norton Cancer Institute are not-for-profit entities, the organizations rely on donations to make a difference for programs, equipment and facilities, research and education, according to a news release.

"Any funds that we receive from the community go back to help fund all the important programming and research we do to help cancer patients in our community," said Maggie Roetker, a Norton representative.

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