Steve Bevilaqua, a 1973 graduate of UTC, is raising money to find a cure for Amyloidosis, a rare bone marrow mutation that took the life of his wife, Penny, last fall.
Mrs. Bevilaqua was diagnosed with Amyloidosis and passed away 40 days after the diagnosis. Prior to this she was a picture of health. She walked three miles per day, six days per week and did aerobics three to four times per week.
Mr. Bevilaqua said he and is family were devastated and he has decided to focus his grief on something worthwhile. He decided to sponsor an annual cycling event in her home town. All proceeds from the event will go to research for the cure for the disease.
Penny's Ride will be begin and end in Ashland City, Tennessee, her hometown. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 21. An 11 or 19 mile ride for serious cyclists will begin at 2 p.m. The fun ride, 3 miles, begins at 2:30 p.m.
All proceeds will go to Amyloidosis research.
More information is available at pennysride.org and register and donate at eventbrite.com.