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Local business owners join cause to fight childhood cancer

June 19, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Local business owners Carlos Gomez and William Tidball challenged each other to get on their bikes this month (June) and ride to fight kid's cancer as part of the online Great Cycle Challenge.

"This idea came from a posting on my Facebook page," Tidball said. "Our goal this year, because it's the 5-year anniversary of CW Fudge Factory, is to give something to five charities. Then we were looking for something when a friend of ours died of cancer and it just seemed the right thing at the right time."

The online website started the challenge in 2015. After just 4 years, the event has become one of the biggest cycling events in the United States. According to the website, participants have ridden a total of 12,205,253 miles, and raised $16,070,740 in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

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Carlos Gomez, left, and William Tidball.


"The way this works is, you set yourself a personal ride target to pedal in the month," Tidball said. "My goal was 200 miles. As you go along you log your miles throughout the month on the website through your personal challenge page."

"I was so shocked and surprised at how quickly we exceeded our goal," Tidball said. "It was just a couple of days and we matched it and from there it just kept going. In total, Carlos and I rode more than 300 miles and raised $5,500.

"Every year 15,700 American children are diagnosed with cancer and 38 children die every week," Tidball continued. "Cancer touches everybody. We want to thank all of those who helped us exceed our goal."

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"We wanted to thank the Matlacha Hookers and the Pine Island Kliwanis for their support," Gomez said. "We also thank the Matlacha Wellness Center and Insurance of America who provided us with the bicycles. There is a lot of mutual support on this little island."

CW?Fudge Factory is at 4548 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL 33993. For additional information, call 239-283-9911.



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