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What is PPRAC?

History of Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer

The PPRAC was organized in 1983 by Bob Freed, an Allentown schoolteacher, in response to the cancer deaths of two family members and a friend. The original PPRAC, a ten-day journey covering 1,000 miles around the border of Pennsylvania - from which the "Perimter Ride" takes its name - was completed by 22 riders and raised much-needed funds for the American Cancer Society.

Since then, subsequent six-day rides have been completed every other year. Each ride covered approximately 500 miles by 25 to 60 riders who not only raised funds for the American Cancer Society but also donated to Dream Come True, a support organization for terminally and seriously ill children. To date, the PPRAC has raised over a million dollars to help fight cancer in the Lehigh Valley Community.

Rider Testimonials

Beneficiaries
  • 85% of monies raised are donated to the Lehigh Valley Unit of the American Cancer Society.
  • 15% of monies raised are donated to Dream Come True (support for seriously ill children).
History of Dollars Raised
Ride
Description
Mileage
Riders
$ Raised
I
The Original
1,000
22
$20,000
II
Central PA Loop
500
23
$25,000
III
NJ Shore Loop
500
33
$35,000
IV
Erie to Allentown
500
28
$25,000
V
Ottawa, Canada to Allentown, PA
500
29
$55,000
VI
Niagara Falls to Palmerton, PA
500
30
$60,917
VII
Ashtabula, Ohio to Palmerton, PA
500
39
$62,000
VIII
St. Albans, Vermont to Palmerton, PA
500
42
$71,850
IX
Montreal, Canada to Palmerton, PA
500
40
$71,258
X
Littleton, New Hampshire to Palmerton, PA
500
42
$72,858
XI
Oswego, NY to Palmerton, PA
500
45
$103,320
XII
Waynesboro, VA to Palmerton, PA
580
47
$136,500
XIII Erie, PA to Palmerton, PA 540 56 $150,000
XIV Burlington, VT to Palmerton, PA 540 62 $150,000
XV Elkins, WV to Palmerton, PA 513 74 $187,000
2013 Goals
  • Individual Rider Minimum = $1,000.
  • PPRAC XVI goal = $150,000.
Articles about PPRAC
Accomplishments of PPRAC
  • Raised over $1,000,000 in the fight against cancer.
  • Raised money to grant terminally ill children "wishes" through the Dream Come True Organization.
  • Received March of Dimes' Human Spirit Award.
  • Received Dream Come True "Dream Maker" Award.
  • Received statewide award from American Cancer Society.
  • Recognized by the City of Allentown through a PPRAC Day proclamation.
  • Recognized by the Pennsylvania State Senate through a proclamation.
  • Raised level of cancer awareness among families and contributors of riders, and through the various services, public programs and media exposure along PPRAC routes.
  • Purchased van for use by Lehigh Valley Unit of the American Cancer Society.
  • Provided "Dreams" for numerous children through Dream Come True.

 

 

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