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14th annual Katelynn's Ride held in Amherst

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For the 14th year in a row, Western Massachusetts residents hopped on their bikes to help in the fight against childhood cancer.

Hampshire College was the site of the annual Katelynn's Ride.

The event is held each year in the memory of Katelynn Battista of West Springfield, who lost her life to cancer in 1997.

Cyclists have four paths from which to choose, from 10 to 100 miles.

The money raised goes to Baystate Medical Center's Sadowsky Center for Children, as well as the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

"We really didn't know where it would go," said Domenic Battista, Katelynn's father and event organizer. "We were just happy to raise some money in the fight against cancer as other organizations do, and they're great organizations. We just wanted to contribute our little bit."

"It gives me a good feeling because I know how important it is to the people who need it, the people who it has helped," said Timothy Cecchetelli, riding in the event for his eighth year. "It's always needed, and more is never enough."

With the event on Sunday, organizers said they believe they have passed $1.7 million raised in the fight against childhood cancer over the past 14 years.

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