By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This weekend, participants in Dick Gelfman’s 16th annual Ride Across Maryland will travel from Columbia to Ocean City to raise money for cancer-related causes.

Ride Across Maryland has raised over $2.5 million over the years.

“It’s our 16th year,” Gelfman says. “I tell people all the time that when we started this. The first year that maybe we’ll raise ten grand and then boom, we raised $150,000 in year number one. From there it’s been a great ride.”

“It’s June 4 and 5. We start at the Mall in Columbia. People come from all over. And then we ride for about two hours and 45 minutes to Ocean City… It’s just a terrific family weekend.”

The ride is now under the Ulman Cancer Fund.

“The Gelfmans have been long-time friends with the Ulmans,” says Amy Young, program coordinator for events and marketing for the fund. “They realized it was a great fit and a new opportunity to serve a different population but we still work with breast cancer patients.”

“We are awarding a scholarship to a young adult who has been impacted through a personal diagnosis or a diagnosis of a loved one with breast cancer,” Young says. “It’s a $2,500 scholarship and we will actually be awarding that to the winner at this year’s event on June 4 in Ocean City.”

Dr. Christina Giblin, a breast cancer survivor, knows first hand how much that prize could help someone.

“I was diagnosed during my third year of medical school with breast cancer and I had to take a year off of school to receive treatment,” she said. “When I came back to school a friend told me about the Ulman Cancer Fund. I applied for one of their scholarships and I was very fortunate to receive one of them. And it really made a huge difference for me.”

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