The Pennsylvania Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC) has raised over $1.5 million since 1983 for the American Cancer Society and Dream Come True. PPRAC is an every-other year, week-long 500+ mile bicycling journey that is not for the faint of heart or the out of shape. Over six days the riders cover between 65 and 105 miles per day.
PPRAC XVII had its send off on Sunday, August 2, 2015 with worship at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton. The service began with 170 worshippers in the sanctuary but then transitioned with a two block walk to Palmerton Borough Park. There Pastor Mike Frost led the installation of the 60+ riders and support crew, the blessing of the ride, and a butterfly release (118 monarch butterflies) in honor of and in memory of family members and other loved ones who had battled cancer. Following the events at the park, the service was concluded back at Holy Trinity with the celebration of Holy Communion.
From Palmerton the riders, crew, and gear were transported to Syracuse, NY, the starting point of the ride on Monday morning. The ride brought the group through the Finger Lakes and then back into Pennsylvania, moving through Wellsboro, Bloomsburg, and finally back to Palmerton for the welcome home reception and dinner at Holy Trinity on Saturday, August 8. By the ride’s end the total raised for the American Cancer Society and Dream Come True totaled over $227,000.
The relationship between PPRAC and Holy Trinity goes back to the early history of the ride when Pastor Paul Schoffstall was both pastor of Holy Trinity and a PPRAC rider. This year the Schoffstall/PPRAC story continued as Paul’s son Nathan was one of the riders.