Skip to main content

Kennett Square cyclist ready to ride for cancer fundraiser

06/25/2014 11:11AM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print


John Tonetti, of Kennett Square, is participating in the October Ride to Conquer Cancer.


By John Chambless

Staff Writer

With the race still four months away, John Tonetti of Kennett Square is already leading the pack by fundraising almost $20,000 for the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The bike race, which benefits Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, will be held Oct. 11 and 12 and will cover 150 miles. The event is one of many races Tonetti has been part of, but this one has a special meaning. He's riding in honor of his sister-in-law, who died of uterine cancer.

"That's the motivating factor behind this," Tonetti said during a recent phone interview. "I felt this was an opportunity to do something I enjoy that would be a challenge. It's too late to benefit my sister-in-law, but I could benefit other people in her situation."

Tonetti is a longtime cyclist who picked up the sport again a couple of years ago. "I actually did some bike racing a long time ago," he said. "I stopped for a number of years. I used to race in Phoenix, Arizona. I wasn't professional -- I was an avid enthusiast. And I'm a naturally competitive guy."

After 20 years of living in Las Vegas, Tonetti and his wife moved to Kennett Square last November. They have two grown children. He works for J.P. Morgan Chase in Wilmington, and rides his bike whenever he can.

"I'm a member of the West Chester Cycling Club, and on most Saturdays I ride with one of their groups," he said. "I've done a couple of events. There are a lot in the area. It becomes a matter of how far I want to drive to ride a bike, and how early I want to get up," he added, laughing.

To take on the 150 miles of the Ride to Conquer Cancer, Tonetti said he's been building up his endurance. "My resilience is a little less than it used to be," he said. "I'm gradually building it back up. I'm up to about 100 miles on weekends. I try to get in a ride or two during the week, just to keep going."

Tonetti said he enjoys riding in Chester County and discovering scenic places along the way. "This is a great place for cycling," he said. "Lots of back roads. There's no such thing as a flat ride, but I love riding along the Brandywine Valley area. I go out into the Centreville/Greenville area, and the Chadds Ford and West Chester areas. One of the nice things I've found is that motorists are very respectful of cyclists here."

The two-day race involves hundreds of organizers and support personnel who will accompany the riders throughout the Philadelphia countryside. Meals, water and snack stops, gear transportation, medical services and an overnight campsite are all provided. 

"There's lots of support from the organizers," Tonetti said. "They're setting up a campground, although I will likely not do that. I'll be 'camping' at a hotel. But I'll probably hang out at the campground for a while -- that's where all the fun people are, right?"

Tonetti said his fundraising success surprised him. "I have been really amazed at the support I've gotten," he said. "I know some very generous people. One thing is that, a lot of times, in addition to sending money, they'll send a note saying they're glad I'm doing this. They talk about a child they lost, or a parent they lost to cancer -- things I didn't even know about them. 

"Unfortunately, this disease touches pretty much everyone in different ways. It's not hard to ask for people to support you. And there's probably some number of my friends who just want to see me suffer for two days," Tonetti added, laughing.

For more information about registering for the Ride to Conquer Cancer to benefit Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, call 844-777-7433 or visit www.ridetovictory.org.



biking fundraiser fundraising ride to conquer cancer penn medicine's abramson cancer center


You might also like

Land Conservancy hosts a benefit hoedown

The third annual event, presented by Dansko, invites participants to dress as your favorite western character, or don your denim and boots to celebrate.
Thumb_committee

Hopewell school students raise over $3,000 in fight against cancer

Hopewell Elementary School recently held its ninth annual “Kids for a Cure” Mini Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Nottingham Elementary repeats fundraising success

The fundraising effort that has now collected more than $27,000 in two years.

  • Longwood Fire Company’s annual open house will be held for the first time under the stars on Thur...


  • Sherry Dinner

    10/23/2014
    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    The Yardley Inn is hosting an exclusive Sherry Dinner on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Enjoy a mea...


  • Zoo Yoga: OM’ing Otters

    10/25/2014
    09:15am — 10:15am

    (Ages 4-7 years old) Weekly Saturdays or Sundays, September-November (Classes held in the Educati...


  • Flying Colors Fine Artists Show and Sale

    10/25/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Flying Colors will host its Annual Art Show and Sale from October 24 to October 26, 2014 at The M...


  • Saturday Zoo Tales

    10/25/2014
    10:30am — 11:00am

    Join us for a fun, animal or nature themed story and a visit from one of our fun program animals!...


  • ChesLen Chase for Open Space

    10/25/2014
    11:00am

    Get ready to run for nature at Natural Lands Trust’s epic ChesLen Chase for Open Space, with 10K,...


  • Flying Colors Fine Artists Show and Sale

    10/26/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Flying Colors will host its Annual Art Show and Sale from October 24 to October 26, 2014 at The M...


  • Taste Kennett Food Tours

    10/26/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hou...


  • NEWARK SYMPHONY CONCERT

    10/26/2014
    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    THE NEWARK SYMPHONY PRESENTS “Fall in Italy” Simeone Tartaglione, Music Director Sunday, Octobe...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

Chester County High School Sports