***Note: The below article is from 2016***
Moorestown locals skate to LBI, raise money for cancer services with Shore For A Cure
"A group of local residents is getting ready to hit the pavement in a 52.5-mile in-line skating trip, raising money to help in the fight against cancer.
In the third annual Shore For A Cure, in-line skaters and bikers will come together for a ride from Moorestown to Long Beach Island, making the long trip to raise money for Camp No Worries and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Their journey will commence on July 22, but first there is a fundraiser to help raise money for the organizations. The fundraiser will take place on July 18 at Dooney’s Pub in Delran from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“We have lost enough people and know enough strong-willed people who are more than worthy of receiving the help they deserve. By doing this skate, we can promote awareness of the importance of physical activity and staying fit, while raising money to help cure the second-biggest cause of death,” Chaz Briggs said.
Shore For A Cure was started by Moorestown residents Briggs, Tyler Woyshner, Bryan Rudolph and Corey Pedersen. The men all knew each other from Moorestown High School as well as from their Moorestown roller hockey league. They first came together to do the in-line skate trip just for fun, as Woyshner’s father, who would bike the 52.5 miles each year, inspired them to try it.
“Since we are playing hockey we always try to test our limits. We’d never done long distance, so we thought we would give it a try,” Briggs said.
Since then, they felt that because the journey was so strenuous they wanted to make it worth doing each year so the men decided to raise money for charity.
“We thought, if we were doing something crazy like that, why not do it for something good?” Woyshner said.
They were really pushed by Briggs’ aunt Vickie Hynes, who got Briggs into volunteering for Camp No Worries, and motivated the guys to get the ball rolling on their annual fundraiser for the camp. Sadly, Hynes passed away from cancer, which inspired the group to raise money for the LIVESTRONG Foundation as well.
Camp No Worries is a summer camp created solely to give children with cancer and their siblings an opportunity to relax, enjoy themselves and forget about their worries for one week every summer. The LIVESTRONG Foundation is a nonprofit that provides support for people affected by cancer of all kinds.
“(Volunteering for the camp) was the most rewarding volunteer experience I have ever had. I felt like, if I can’t be there (as I have a full-time job now), then I might as well raise money for them,” Briggs said.
This year the group has grown, with about 10 skaters and 11 bicyclists participating. They will set off from Woyshner’s house for the approximate four-hour journey on Friday, July 22, with the bicyclists leaving about an hour after, as they are faster. They take back roads for the most part, before getting on Route 72 to LBI and crossing the bridge.
“(I’m looking forward to) the end when everyone is kind of pooped, but excited to hang out, be done and see all of the money raised. Everyone coming together is really cool to see,” Woyshner said.
Woyshner and Briggs said the ride is difficult, especially with the hills, but they have the support of their family and friends and motivation of raising money for cancer services to keep them moving. It also helps that the skaters make stops for drinks and fruits provided by the Pedersen family and a mid-way stop at Hot Diggidy Dog! in Chatsworth.
“You think about why you’re doing (the skate). Thinking of those who are suffering, you do this for them. We fight through the pain like they fight through the pain,” Woyshner said. “That and with the support of family and friends, everyone around you, and the adrenaline, it pushes you to where you need to be.”
“It is a huge motivation to have people donating to something so near to us. It pushes us to make a difference and the world a better place,” Briggs said.
Last year, Shore For A Cure raised a little more than $3,000. This year, the group is hoping to raise $4,000. They have a donation page at gofundme.com/shore foracure3 where they hope people will donate. Any amount is appreciated and funds will be donated 50/50 for Camp No Worries and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
“Any monetary donation is extremely generous of you and we all thank you so much for giving to people that are less fortunate or just need some help,” Briggs said.
Also to help raise money is the fundraiser on July 18. For $20 a ticket, those who attend will get unlimited wings and a Chinese auction at Dooney’s Pub. Shirts will also be sold during the fundraiser, with short sleeves at $12 and long sleeves $15. Dooney’s Pub is located at 1361 Fairview Blvd. in Delran. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
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**Note: The below article is from 2019**
Local skaters roll out best fundraising efforts to date for cancer research
Nearly seven years ago, a group of friends who shared a passion for in-line skating challenged themselves to try skating from Moorestown to Long Beach Island. They didn’t even make it half way before rain began pouring down, and they realized the trek was a bit more arduous than they’d anticipated.
The next summer, they decided to give it another go, and they thought if they were going to attempt the 52.5-mile journey again, that they were going to do if for a cause. With that, Shore for a Cure was born. This past July, the group successfully raised its most funds to date, having collected $8,200 for The Cancer Research Institute.
Former Moorestown resident Chaz Briggs, who created Shore for a Cure with his friends Tyler Woyshner and Bryan Rudolph, had been a volunteer with Camp No Worries, a summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings, and as he was taking on new responsibilities with work, he couldn’t donate as much time to the organization. So, he thought why not raise money for them instead?
Briggs’ aunt, Vicky Hynes, had encouraged Briggs to volunteer at the camp, and so, when she was diagnosed with cancer, the ride took on a new meaning. They dedicated the skate to her and subsequently raised funds for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Their first year they had only five skaters take the ride, but their group has steadily grown each year. On their July 19 run, they had around seven skaters and 16 bikers join them on their journey. Woyshner and Briggs have since moved from Moorestown to the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, but they still start their yearly trek down the shore from Moorestown.
Woyshner said there’s not one person in the group who hasn’t had cancer impact their families in the years since they’ve started Shore for a Cure.
“Each year it grows, and you have more and more reasons to do it, and more and more reasons to skate,” Woyshner said.
Woyshner said the ride doesn’t necessarily get any easier each year. He said on a good day, it takes the skaters about three and a half hours to make it from Moorestown to his parents’ house in LBI. The cyclists can usually finish a little quicker, making it down in around two and a half to three hours.
Along the way, their friends and family are nothing short of supportive. Their family members drive a convoy alongside them passing them water, gatorade and other supplies for their journey. Since their first year, they’ve stopped at Hot Diggidy Dog in Chatsworth where the owners have always graciously offered them a place to rest and free water and food midway through their journey. Briggs said the restaurant’s owner has even been kind enough to offer them a donation each year.
“It’s just a really humbling experience to see all of your family members support you,” Briggs said. “It’s a really big deal, and we really appreciate everyone who comes out to support us.”
In the weeks leading up to their journey, they typically hold a Chinese Auction at Dooney’s Pub in Delran. They raised around $4,500 last year for the Fox Chase Cancer Center. This year’s fundraiser, “blew that out of water,” Briggs said.
Before they even stepped into their skates, the group had raised $7,500 for The Cancer Research Institute. By journey’s end, they had run their most successful fundraising campaign to date with $8,200 ready to donate to The Cancer Research Institute. While their journey is over, the group is still collecting through Dec. 31 on its website.
Looking ahead, Briggs said their goal is trying to turn Shore for a Cure into a nonprofit organization. He said as their caravan of riders gets larger each year, they may need to shut down roads, and if they were a nonprofit, they’d have an easier time coordinating with the agencies they need to get their route shut down and have their riders escorted safely down the shore.
The group is also currently looking for a benefactor for next year’s donations. Briggs said they’d love to connect with a local charity or help someone with a specific need.
To learn more about Shore for a Cure or to donate, visit www.shoreforacure.com.
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