Staci Brining will be thinking of her family members as she participates in her third Pelotonia ride Saturday, Aug. 4.
The 29-year-old Whitehall resident is among the more than 8,000 riders who will participate in the annual bicycle tour to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
"I wanted to do this. My heart pours (out) for the staff at the James and what they do for the patients and their families," said Brining, an operations specialist for Chase Bank.
Her father was diagnosed with cancer when she was 12 years old, she said. He has since experienced multiple remissions and recurrences while undergoing surgeries that required the removal of part of his nose and reconstructive surgeries that involved his nose and ear lobes, she said.
Her brother died in 2006, at the age of 26, from Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Brining first rode in Pelotonia in 2016, completing a 25-mile ride, and she rode 25 miles again in 2017.
This year, Brining is registered for the 45-mile route from Columbus to New Albany and has joined the Team Buckeye--Team Head And Neck peloton. The peloton's members include Dr. Matthew Old, her father's physician at the James.
She said the added distance is a challenge.
"I've been riding with a friend six nights a week to prepare, about 11 to 14 miles each day," Brining said.
Brining's goal is to raise $1,600.
"I do this each year because of the respect I have for all doctors and staff at the James and what they do for patients ... and, of course, to find cures," she said.