The Last Gasp Bike Ride September 14, 2014
The Last Gasp is a daylong, fun filled fundraising event. There are two ways for you to participate:
Join Team Tick by riding for LACC in the 62-mile Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers's Last Gasp bike ride along Route 6A from Sandwich to Provincetown, then enjoy a one-hour Cape Cod Bay cruise in the Dolphin Fleet back to Sandwich for a authentic traditional Cape Cod Clambake. Join the fun and support Team Tick!
Paul Goodhue rider for "Team Tick" Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod says:
"I started cycling about 3 years ago, riding mostly for MS and Cancer rides in memory of my dear wife who had MS and lost her battle with Cancer. This year I rode 502 miles in 5 days for the Prouty and PMC rides to support Cancer research. I raised $9,000 for the PMC. As with most of us, I have become more and more aware of friends and new acquaintances who are suffering from the devastating effects of Lyme Disease both Acute and Chronic. This year I've decided to put my talents to use and ride in the Last Gasp to support this cause. In addition to committing myself physically and mentally to this cause I am willing to commit financially, I will match any donations to my ride until my $500 minimum is met. Please see detailed info below:"
If you don't ride, please donate to support Team Tick and our riders.
To donate use these easy steps:
On the donations page, go to the link below and click:
- select "The Last Gasp"
- choose "CCCF Beneficiary " Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod "Team Tick" or
- choose "Last Gasp Rider" for a specific Team Tick Rider
Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod
Osterville cyclist rebounds from Lyme
By Cynthia McCormick,
September 17, 2013
For two years, Lyme disease kept Amy Doherty of Osterville from participating in one of her favorite charity events, The Last Gasp bike ride from Sandwich to Provincetown.
But thanks to proper diagnosis and treatment, the 48-year-old financial adviser not only took part in Sunday's event — she was the fastest female finisher.
"It was an emotional finish," said Doherty, who bicycled 62 miles in about two hours and 41 minutes. "I didn't expect to be that strong, coming back for the first time."
About 360 bicyclists took part in the annual event, which is expected to top last year's $500,000 raised for a variety of local charities, according to Leslie Estep of Cape Cod Charitable Funraisers, which sponsors the event.
The Last Gasp is not considered a race, but participants get their times and organizers post the names of the top three male and top three female finishers on the website.
"They get bragging rights," Estep said.
Doherty rode for the Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod team, Team Tick, to raise money to educate the public about the disease transmitted by deer ticks.
In Doherty's case, Lyme disease came out of the blue, causing so much pain and fatigue that she would nap instead of riding her bike and walk instead of run. It was a new experience for Doherty, who has run two marathons and also completed an Ironman in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 2008 in less than 13 hours.
Three years ago, she set a course record for women in the 2010 Last Gasp.
But a few months later, her physical fitness levels started to nose dive for no apparent reason.
Her doctor gave her a Lyme test, but it came back negative, which set off a round of visits to endocrinologists and neurologists.
This was the most frustrating part of her illness, Doherty said, "being sent to doctor after doctor," none of whom could pinpoint what was wrong.
Based on her symptoms, a family friend convinced Doherty to go to a physician who diagnoses Lyme based on clinical evidence and was willing to prescribe antibiotics even without a positive laboratory test.
Because there is a controversy in the medical community about how to treat later stages of Lyme disease, Doherty didn't want to name the physician who treated her.
But she said the antibiotics worked. She started feeling better and added vitamins and immune boosters as a patient of the Rothfeld Center in Plymouth, after another round of testing showed she had Lyme and bartonella, a type of bacterial infection.
Now, she feels like herself, she said, although she sometimes gets "flares" when her symptoms reactivate.
Ron Gangemi of Mashpee, founder of Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod and the group's team leader for The Last Gasp, said Doherty's top finish was an inspiration.
"She was very sick. She fought to get back. She really worked so hard," said Gangemi.
"It's a happy story," Gangemi said about Doherty's triumph. "We need some of those."