ROY -- Tim Bell is concerned about his co-workers and friends.
Several of them have cancer, and he doesn't want to sit back and do nothing, so he put together a fundraiser.
On Saturday, nearly 100 bicyclists joined Bell in the Racer Century Ride. All of the proceeds will go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
"Cancer is everywhere and it's everywhere around me right now," Bell said.
Bell, a custodian at Roy High School, said two teachers at his school have cancer, as well as a teacher at Weber High School, a custodian at Roy Junior High School and a physical education teacher at Sandridge Junior High School.
"The list goes on. Like I said, it's everywhere. The Weber School District and Roy community have been hit hard. We even have a participant in the ride who was just diagnosed with leukemia," he said.
Bell said he and two other staff members at Roy High put together the ride to raise money for cancer research to help their school family and everyone who is fighting cancer.
"I went to Roy High School, and I want to support them in anything I can," said Chad Zito, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year and was one of the riders. "I started riding my bike seriously about six years ago. It's fun, a stress relief and very relaxing for me. I am really excited we're raising money for cancer research. It's a great opportunity to help."
Ken Miles, also a custodian at the school, said he has been looking forward to the ride since the beginning of the year.
"I wanted to go because I want to help," said Miles. "Tim introduced me to cycling about 10 months ago and I ended up really liking it. When he said he wanted to do something for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, I was immediately on board."
Miles, who lost his aunt to cancer in 2007, said most everyone is affected by cancer.
"I think if we look hard enough, everyone has a friend or family member who has battled cancer," he said. "My aunt battled it as long as she could, but she ended up losing the battle."
The ride began at 7 a.m. Cyclists followed the course through Weber and Davis counties. In addition, local school mascots participated and rode two miles with children. Participants chose whether to ride 102, 75, 50 or 32 miles. When the ride was over, everyone enjoyed a BBQ dinner.