Dawn Farm: Community cyclists unite to face addiction


For the ninth consecutive year, local nonprofit Dawn Farm has partnered with a group of University of Michigan nurses and anesthesiologists to host an event that allows people of all fitness levels to tackle the problem of addiction in our community. The ninth-annual Ride for Recovery will be Sunday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dawn Farm on Stony Creek Road in Ypsilanti.

Your registration fee of $35 (or only $25 if you register by April 1st) will contribute to the care of an addict seeking help and hope at Dawn Farm. Participants have the option of creating a fundraising page as well, where your family and friends can donate to support your participation in The Ride. The top ten fundraisers will  receive some special prizes from companies like Bivouac and RoadID!

This family fitness event will be filled with your choice of one of four bike rides ranging from a simple 10k to a whopping 54 miles. Guests who are not bicycle enthusiasts also have the option of running or walking a 5k/10k. The event will culminate in a Recovery Celebration Lunch. In addition to raising critical support for Dawn Farm’s treatment programs, The Ride for Recovery serves as a true celebration of recovery from addiction through promoting a healthy lifestyle of exercise and connecting with the community.

Dawn Farm is a local nonprofit that assists addicts and alcoholics in achieving long-term recovery. All proceeds from this event contribute to Dawn Farm’s scholarship fund for clients who cannot afford the treatment they need. “Given the ever-dwindling availability of public funding, community support has become more important than ever, especially for those who can’t afford to pay for treatment” says president of Dawn Farm, Jim Balmer.

The support from University of Michigan healthcare workers comes from Team MANA, a bicycling group that aims to raise awareness of local charity events while promoting a healthy lifestyle for its members. Team MANA has been instrumental to the Ride for Recovery from its inception.

To register for the The Ride for Recovery, or make a donation to a Ride participant’s fundraising team, visit the registration page. Keep up to date with the latest updates on the event with their Facebook event page.


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