Although the weather didn’t cooperate, that didn’t stop two hearty Danvers residents from completing “The Ride For Jay”, a 65 mile bike trip for a very good cause. Chad Cerullo and Daniel Stanley biked in the rain from Danvers to Chad’s brother Jay’s house in Manchester, N.H., to raise money to help with the many expenses Jay has while he battles cancer.
The night before the ride a large group of family and friends gathered at the Maple Street Tavern to raise money through raffles, a silent auction, and other fun things. Cerullo expected to be joined by a dozen other riders on Sunday, Oct. 14, but because of inclement weather the two friends, who help coach Danvers Girls Softball, did it together.
“Jay has been battling a brain tumor for 10 years, beginning when he was 14,” said Chad Cerullo, who played football and baseball for the Falcons. “He’s had at least four major surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation — the whole works. About four months ago the doctors at Mass General said there was nothing more they could do for him.
“He took a trip to Florida to see our brother, and shortly after started having seizures so they put him in an induced coma for six weeks after he’d suffered 10 seizures in about two hours. It was during that difficult time that I decided to do the ride to his home in New Hampshire and ask for donations. A couple of my friends got involved and organized the fund raiser at Maple Street Tavern. We want to help with his expenses and with his young children ages four and two.”
Cerullo knew he had to get in shape quickly. He has been working out for the last two years, but only started bike riding three months ago. Going such a long distance was challenging even without the bad weather.