The third annual Sloane’s Ride, a fundraiser benefitting the Children’s Heart Foundation in support of congenital heart defect research, was held on Oct. 2.
With a remote participation option, cyclists joined together at Heckscher State Park as well as across 21 states and two continents to ride bikes in honor of Sloane Ndembera, who lost her life due to complications associated with congenital heart defects.
Amidst the beautiful backdrop of Long Island’s Great South Bay, the ride continues to grow every year. Trek Bicycle in Lake Grove donated two children’s bikes with helmets to be given away at the event. The New York Bicycling Coalition shared some of their advocacy and educational efforts to ensure safe cycling across New York State. The event included refreshments and music with joyful moments captured by Shinbone Photography.
Families joined to enjoy the coastal scenery as they rode bikes to honor and remember children with CHDs in hopes that one day a cure will be found for America’s most common and deadly birth defect.
The Children’s Heart Foundation is the leading organization solely committed to funding CHD research. The mission of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to advance the diagnoses, treatment, and prevention of CHDs by funding the most promising research. Since 1996, CHF has funded $15 million of CHD research and scientific collaborations. For more information, visit childrensheartfoundation.org.