July 24, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 24, 2023
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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Riding a bike 100 miles sounds hard – unless you are inspired to help save lives.
George Matic, M.D., of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, is once again planning to participate in the Pelotonia Ride Weekend, a 100-mile bike ride across central Ohio on Aug. 5 and 6 that raises money for cancer research.
For Dr. Matic, an avid cyclist with a special interest in treating endurance athletes, Ride Weekend is a fundraiser that means so much to him and his family.
“This event is very special to my family,” Dr. Matic said. “My brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer six years ago. Thanks to the money raised by Pelotonia riders and donors, he is cancer free and with us today.”
A specialist in sports medicine care and treatments, Dr. Matic is fellowship trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University. It was while studying at Ohio State that he learned about the Pelotonia.
“When I got to Ohio State for my sports fellowship, I knew I had to make the effort to ride for my brother-in-law,” Dr. Matic said. “One hundred miles seemed like a lot, but it was my goal to push myself beyond what I thought I could do. Just as so many cancer patients must do day in and day out.”
Dr. Matic will be participating in his third Pelotonia Ride Weekend 100-mile fundraiser, which follows a route east of Columbus to Gambier.
“Seeing my brother in law and all the cancer survivors at the finish line every year reminds me how much of an impact we can make through research,” he said. “He would not be with us today if it were it not for efforts like Pelotonia.”
Donations for Dr. Matic’s ride can be made through his Pelotonia profile page.
“I am asking anyone who reads this to please consider donating to this amazing cause in honor of my brother-in-law, family members, friends, patients, and all those who continue to fight this battle,” Dr. Matic said.
In 2023, Pelotonia celebrates 15 years of “One Goal”, accelerating funding for innovative cancer research, as it hosts its signature series of iconic and impactful events with cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism experiences.
To date, the Pelotonia community has raised more than $258 million. With support from generous funding partners, Pelotonia directs 100 percent of every dollar raised by participants to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, including the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology.
Dr. Matic practices primary care sports medicine and non-operative orthopaedics for athletes and adults, working closely with Beacon co-founder Tim Kremchek, M.D. He has special a interest in treating endurance athletes.
In addition to the 100-mile Pelotonia ride, Dr. Matic has also biked 80 miles to raise money for The Pedal with Pete Foundation, which benefits Cerebral Palsy research.
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Established in 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for over 35 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds. With over 20 locations across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, Beacon offers instant access to comprehensive orthopaedic care, including sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, imaging services, regenerative medicine, as well as surgical procedures involving neck, spine, shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle repair, reconstruction, and replacement.