By DAVID BORAKS
Eight-year-old Allie Sadoff of Davidson was inspired last year when her grandfather rode in Charlotte’s 24 Hours of Booty bicycle fundraiser for cancer research. So she began making plans to join this year’s ride. Then last fall she was diagnosed with cancer herself, a tumor in her cheek. With her treatment nearly done, she’s still planning to ride two weeks from now – but as both a cyclist and a patient.
Allie will be among 1,200 people pedaling in the 24-hour bike ride July 27-28 on the closed streets of Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood. They’re expected to raise more than $1.2 million for cancer research, according to the Charlotte-based nonprofit 24 Hours of Booty.
The Charlotte ride, and similar events now held in Atlanta, Columbia, S.C., and Indianapolis, help support a variety of local and national charities, including LIVESTRONG, Levine Cancer Institute, Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas.
As she seeks sponsors for her ride, Allie is hosting events to drum up interest and support. At this Saturday’s Davidson Farmer’s Market, she and friends will be selling snow cones. The market runs 8 a.m. to noon in the parking area next to Town Hall in downtown Davidson. Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream also will be selling special sundaes next week for Allie’s Team AllieGator. (See below)
As of this week, Allie had raised more than $3,300 for a cause that has become her own.
“Allie was diagnosed in November, so this became more of a personal thing for us,” said her mom, Pam Sadoff. “And it has been something we could look forward to, at the end of Allie’s treatment.”
Riding with Allie will be her mom, her brother, J. Sadoff, 12, dad John Sadoff Jr. and grandfather John Sadoff Sr.
Allie and her family live on Fairview Lane in Davidson’s St. Alban’s neighborhood. She completed second grade last month at Davidson Elementary School and with her family’s impending move to Mooresville, she’ll be a third-grader at Woodland Heights Elementary there.
She has rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer that occurs most often in children. The diseases was diagnosed after she complained of ear aches and then facial numbness.
Fortunately, doctors caught the tumor early and she has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments since last fall. She’ll end her treatments in September.
Allie said she originally just wanted to ride with her grandfather. “When I saw grandaddy, I thought it would be really fun,” she said this week.
After her own cancer was discovered, she realized that as a cancer patient herself the ride would mean something more. “It’s pretty cool,” she said with the enthusiasm of an 8-year-old girl.
You can help by going to Allie’s personal page for The 24 Hours of Booty at www.24hoursofbooty.org/goto/alliesadoff
OTHER ‘BOOTY’ FUNDRAISING EVENTS
JULY 16 to JULY 27, BEN & JERRY’S, downtown Davidson- From Monday, July 16, until July 27, Sam Hunter and Emmy Roberts present Allie’s “Shake Your Booty” Sundae at Ben & Jerry’s to support Allie Sadoff’s ride in 24 Hours of Booty. Join Allie for the kick-off of her Sundae for A Cause at Ben & Jerry’s on Monday, July 16, from 6 – 8 p.m. or come by anytime before July 27 to enjoy an ice cream sundae and support Allie and Team AllieGator. A quarter from each sundae will go directly to 24 Hours of Booty.
TUESDAY, JULY 17, Molivers’ Team Camden, 5-8 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 16915 Statesville Road, Huntersville – The restaurant will be donating a portion of all sales to Team Camden for 24 Hours of Booty.
Dr. Seth Moliver, of Moliver Chiropractic, and his wife Patti Moliver will be teaming up with Chick-fil-A Northcross to help raise money for their ride. Seth and Patti will be riding this event in memory of their cousin Camden, who lost his battle with Leukemia at only 5 months old (visit camdensjourney.com to learn more). And here’s a link to his 24 Hours of Booty page: http://www.24hoursofbooty.org/