Stephen Beight of Grandview Heights will team with his son, Jordan, and daughter, Taylor, to ride in Pelotonia in support of someone close to their hearts.

Beight's wife, Judi, has been diagnosed in the past with benign tumors on her spine and received proton-radiation therapy as treatment during her last bout in 2010.

"The main reason I ride is for my wife," Beight said. "She's had her battle with spinal tumors since she was 12 years old. She's doing great right now. She's not having any problems at all. She's definitely the main inspiration for me doing this."

Beight, 49, also rides in memory of his uncle, Charlie Premec, who died in 2010 from complications of pancreatic cancer at age 64.

Beight, who will ride in his fifth Pelotonia, is signed up for the 100-mile route from Columbus to Gambier. He said Jordan would ride 45 miles and Taylor would pedal 25 miles.

Jordan, who is a 2017 graduate and former standout athlete at Grandview Heights High School, will participate in his third ride, while Taylor, a Grandview sophomore, will take part in her first Pelotonia.

"I've always had an interest in getting into cycling," Beight said. "I started a little later. I started riding when we made the decision to take part in this. I was signed up to do this even before I owned a bike.

"I really enjoy going out. It's good for you, too. It keeps you healthy and you get in shape."

The Beights will be part of the Grandview/Marble Cliff Peloton that raised more than $108,000 last year and is trying to increase that amount this year.

The Beights said they ride for several other cancer victims and survivors, including Steve Hall, a former boys basketball assistant coach at Grandview and Ohio State player, who died from complications following colon cancer surgery in 2015.

Hall was a math teacher and coach at Grandview, serving 16 seasons as girls tennis coach and 12 seasons as girls basketball coach before joining coach Ray Corbett's boys basketball staff.

"There's actually some people I'm riding for and that's what keeps you coming back for it," Beight said. "They obviously haven't found a cure yet. They are making great strides with it. ...

"This is the largest fundraising cycling event in the country. This thing is really getting big."

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