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News: Cyclocross race benefits local cancer care fund through foundation

A donation of $8,000 has been presented to the Centegra Cancer Care Fund through the Centegra Health System Foundation.

The donation is from the proceeds of the Ride for Life, an annual cyclocross race in Woodstock. Dr. James Kearns from Northwest Healthcare Center in Woodstock has organized the race for the past eight years.  He started the event to honor his friend Ed Brophy who died from leukemia.

Kearns noted that due to all of the advancements made in cancer treatment if his friend were diagnosed today he would probably be on his way to remission.  He said he chose to benefit the Centegra Cancer Care Fund because of the state-of-the-art lifesaving services Centegra offers the community.”The Ride for Life reminds people about the gift of life and how cancer takes life away,”  Kearns said. “Today and always we must remember that life is a gift to be celebrated.” This year’s event (Psi-clocross for Life) will begin at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 in Emricson Park, 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock.  The entry fee ranges from $25 to $30.  There is a $5 registration fee on race day.  Each additional race is $10.

Centegra Health System Foundation raises funds to support the goals of clinical excellence, superior service and promoting wellness for the greater McHenry County area. Through fundraising, special events and stewardship and by embracing donor passion for superior health care, the foundation works to provide the health system with the essential financial resources needed to support its strategic goals.For more information on how the community can help inspire, invest and innovate healthcare in the area, call the Centegra Health System Foundation at (815) 788-5870 or visit our site. For more information on the Northwest Healthcare Center in Woodstock, visit