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Kirk and Kris Tobias

Founders, Ride for Karen

Kris and Kirk Tobias started the Ride for Karen in 2002, shortly after the death of their mother Karen from breast cancer, at the age of 53. The Ride for Karen is a yearly cycling event that is held as a tribute to the life and legacy of Karen Tobias and to raise money for charities that help people living with cancer, and those who care for them.

In the last ten years the Ride for Karen has raised over $1,640,000, which was used to help build and furnish new cancer care facilities, provide much needed resources for cancer support centres and send children with cancer to camp. This year's Ride for Karen will be held on Sunday, September 9th, 2012 and will raise funds to send children with cancer to camp. To learn more about the Ride for Karen and to register for one of the four events including, a 160km course for advanced riders, 100km course for intermediate riders, 25km course for recreational cyclists, and a Kids Fun Ride for children 2-12 years old please visit www.rideforkaren.com and follow us on Twitter @RideForKaren
Alamy

Want to Volunteer? Here's Where to Start

While it may seem difficult to find the extra time to donate to a worthy cause, lending a hand doesn't have to eat into your busy schedule, and helping out can be easier than you think. Think about the skills and experience you can bring to a charity based on the work you do every day.
09/05/2012 04:04 EDT
Felice Shapiro

How to Start a Non-Profit Organization

It has taken us, our family, our friends, and countless volunteers, hundreds of thousands of hours over the past decade to get us where we are today. We love the Ride for Karen, but my brother and I have full-time jobs and young kids, so once in a while it can feel like running this charity is an uphill battle. Here are several ways that you can structure your not-for-profit organization.
08/29/2012 08:08 EDT
Alvin Gilens

Give Cycling a Chance: Top 10 Charity Cycling Tips

If you've been driving along the country roads of Canada this summer, you've surely noticed the growing popularity of cycling. Another growing trend is cycling for a good cause with more and more charity cycling events popping up across the country. The Ride for Karen, which is an annual cycling event that my brother and I started as a tribute to the life and legacy of our mother Karen, is just one example.
08/10/2012 05:30 EDT
Alamy

The Ride for Karen Part 1: Karen's Story

Losing a parent to cancer is devastating. My brother and I are passionate cyclists and shortly after our mother died, we took a ride to get some air and returned with a refreshed perspective. The Ride for Karen is a yearly cycling event that is held as a tribute to the life and legacy of our mom Karen Tobias, who died of breast cancer at age 53, and to raise money for charities that help children living with cancer, and those who care for them.
07/31/2012 07:41 EDT