2015-04-29 / Features

Riding For His Brother In The TD Five Boro Bike Tour


Shortly after his brother’s passing, Jarrod Ashton decided to deal with his grief by honoring him. Ashton is currently raising funds to donate to The Christie, the hospital that treated his brother, Rick, and will travel from England to New York City to participate in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour sponsored by TD Bank. Shortly after his brother’s passing, Jarrod Ashton decided to deal with his grief by honoring him. Ashton is currently raising funds to donate to The Christie, the hospital that treated his brother, Rick, and will travel from England to New York City to participate in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour sponsored by TD Bank. In March of 2014, Jarrod Ashton endured one of the most painful experiences of his life – his brother died of cancer at the age of 40. “My brother, Rick, lost his 20-year battle with cancer, leaving a young family and a pregnant wife who was just weeks from giving birth,” said Ashton, a resident of Manchester, England. “I spent the last five days of his life by his bedside watching him slowly slip away. I don’t think you can properly explain how that feels...it will live with me forever.”

Shortly after his brother’s passing, Ashton decided to deal with his grief by honoring him. Ashton is currently raising funds to donate to The Christie, the hospital that treated his brother, and will travel from England to New York City to participate in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, sponsored by TD Bank, to raise additional funds. The donations collected will support the hospital’s efforts to fund potentially lifesaving research that will benefit cancer patients now and in the future.

Each year, thousands of people participate in races and bike rides throughout the United States to contribute to charities, and the TD Five Boro Bike Tour really stands out – with 32,000 participants and more than 50 official Charity Partners, it is the world’s biggest charitable bike ride. In addition to the funds raised by cyclists for the charities of their choice, proceeds from the Tour fund Bike New York’s free bike education programs, whereby the NYC-based non-profit has taught bike skills to tens of thousands of kids and adults over the years.

“The TD Five Boro Bike Tour annually raises over $2 million for charities, including our own,” says Ken Podziba, President/CEO of Bike New York. “As a bike ride, the Tour is unlike any other, but what makes it really special is the enormous positive impact it has on the lives of those that benefit from our programs and those of the charities that partner with us. We call it ‘pedaling for a purpose’.”

For TD Bank, the ride is a signature program that attracts more and more employee participation and volunteerism each year.

“There is always an outpouring of TD employees signing up for the Tour, and it increases each year,” said Chris Giamo, Regional President for New York, TD Bank. “The charitable component of the ride appeals to our employees and to TD as a whole. We are really proud of our partnership with the Bike Tour and feel it is important to invest and be involved in our communities.”

On May 3, 32,000 people from around the world will ride 40 miles through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. With the memory of his brother Rick, Ashton will be fulfilling his promise to him by riding for a cause that has become so dear to him.

“During Rick’s last five days, I promised him that I would raise donations for the hospital that treated him in his name,” said Ashton. This will be my first trip to New York and I think there’s no better way to make good on my promise than to ride in the Bike Tour. I am really looking forward to the ride and to soaking up the atmosphere of New York.”

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