Courage Ride, honoring the life of Seth Bailey, is an annual bike ride through rural Iowa. Courage Ride is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by sarcoma.
Courage Ride, UI Biomedical Engineering Student and Iowa City Bike Shops Team Up To Help 11-Year-Old Osteosarcoma Survivor Devin Martz Ride A Bike Again.
Courage Ride has raised over $500,000 since 2005 to advance local research on sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and to support one of the largest sarcoma tissue banks in the Midwest.
This year's event attracted over 500 participants including this year’s patient honoree Devin Martz, an 11-year-old from Muscatine, IA. After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma in May 2016, Devin had rotationplasty surgery to remove his knee and the cancerous tumor within it. Surgeons rotated Devin’s lower leg 180 degrees and connected it to his upper leg to allow his ankle to function as his knee.
Conor Bryant, a University of Iowa biomedical engineering student, designed and assembled a prosthetic device that allows Devin to ride a bike again and participate as a cyclist in this year’s fundraising event at the Iowa Mennonite School near Kalona, IA. Conor is doing this project in memory of his college friend Nik Jiruska who courageously fought Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Iowa City bike shops Geoff’s Bike & Ski and World of Bikes have each generously donated bikes for Devin and his brother to receive at Courage Ride this year.
The Courage Ride committee is very excited about this project and would like to express its sincere admiration for Conor Bryant, Geoff’s Bike & Ski, World of Bikes, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics community and all of our wonderful Courage Ride supporters for making this project happen for Devin and his family.
Courage Ride Check Presentation
Thank you to everyone who supported Courage Ride in 2017. Last November we enthusiastically gave a check for $60,000 to the Sarcoma Research Program at the UIHC Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. These dollars help seed grants for additional sarcoma research studies. We could not have done this without the support of our riders, volunteers, givers and sponsors! Let’s do it again Saturday, August 18, 2018!