History

RIDEYELLOW is an Infirmary Health charity bike ride held annually on the Saturday before Father's Day. It was founded in 2007 by Ann White-Spunner and Mary Trufant to raise awareness of cancer and to draft grassroots support for their mission of inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer. Since its inception, RIDEYELLOW has donated more than $496,000 to various cancer charities!

Here is a little history of how RIDEYELLOW came to exist….

Mary's mother, "J", passed away from cancer in 1998. Mary knew she wanted to do something in honor of her mom. Her chance came when the Lance Armstrong Foundation hosted its annual Ride for the Roses fundraiser in 2005 on the anniversary of her mom's death. Ann and Mary raised $3500 for the charity. In 2006, a dear friend, Sharon Meeks received her second diagnosis of breast cancer. Ann and Mary knew immediately they had a call to action, "cancer doesn't take a break and neither can we!" They raised over $20,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and headed to Philadelphia to participate in the first ever LiveStrong Challenge. The "charge" became even more personal in 2007 when Mary's father, Charles, was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Ann and Mary were also introduced to 13 year old Krisanna Roberts, who is St. Jude's longest survivor of AT/RT - a rare childhood cancer. The goal was set to raise $30,000 and everyone was challenged to dream bigger. Ann suggested that a charity bike ride be started in lower Alabama! RIDEYELLOW WAS BORN! Sadly, Sharon passed away in April and Charles passed away in May of 2008, and Krisanna in November of 2009 but not before they witnessed the outpouring of support for RIDEYELLOW.

Hope rides on…

2007

  • The inaugural event held in Loxley, AL. - Mary's dad and Krisanna were the honorary "starters" of the ride
  • Approximately 300 riders
  • Raised over $30,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation

2008

  • Held in Bay Minette, AL - the new "home" of RIDEYELLOW
  • Over 450 riders and 85 volunteers
  • $30,000 donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation and over $3600 to the Mobile Area Ronald McDonald House

2009

  • More than 465 riders and 125 volunteers
  • Raised over $40,000 - Donated to USA Children's and Women's Hospital (the USS HOPE) and to LiveSTRONG

2010

  • Over 625 riders and 150 volunteers
  • Raised over $60,000 - Donated to Camp Rap-A-Hope, USA Children's and Women's Hospital (the USS HOPE), and to LiveSTRONG

2011

  • Over 700 riders and 200 volunteers
  • Raised $75,000 - Donated to Camp Rap-A-Hope, USS Hope, LiveSTRONG and Camp Odyssey

2012

  • More than 750 riders and 225 volunteers
  • Raised $70,000 - Donated to Camp Rap-A-Hope, USS Hope, LiveSTRONG, Camp Odyssey and Covenant Hospice

2013

  • More than 650 riders and 200 volunteers
  • Raised $60,000 - Donated to Camp Rap-A-Hope, USS Hope, LiveSTRONG, Camp Odyssey and Covenant Care's Butterfly Bag Program
  • More than $397,000 donated since 2007

2014

  • 576 riders and more than 250 volunteers
  • Donated to Rap-A-Hope; Covenant Care's Butterfly Bag Program; Kindred at Home Hospice's Camp I Believe; and LiveSTRONG
  • More than $437,100 in donations since 2007

2015

  • 563 riders and more than 200 volunteers
  • Donated to Camp Rap-A-Hope; Covenant Care's Butterfly Bag Program; Kindred at Home Hospice's Camp I Believe; and LiveSTRONG
  • More than $476,100 in donations since 2007

2016

  • 616 riders and more than 200 volunteers
  • Donated to Camp Rap-A-Hope; Covenant Care's Butterfly Bag Program; Kindred at Home Hospice's Camp I Believe; and LiveSTRONG
  • More than $496,000 in donations since 2007


2017

  • Over 560 riders and over 200 volunteers
  • Donated over $20,000 to Camp Rap A Hope, Covenant Care, Camp I Believe and Kindred at Home
  • More than $516,000 in donations since 2007

HOPE RIDES ON...

2018
Goal: $1,000