MIAMI – Miami Police Officer Joe McCrink completed a 1,000-mile bicycle ride Tuesday to bring awareness to childhood cancer.
The “Live Like Bella” ride ended at Miami Police Central Station at 400 NW Second Ave.
Miami police officers and first responders have brought in donations to benefit the Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation in prior years by riding their bikes to Key West and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The ride was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, however McCrink committed to riding 1,000 miles throughout the month of September to continue to bring awareness to childhood cancer and to gather donations.
“Children with cancer, you know, they are suffering through this hard time, as well as we are,” he said after Tuesday’s ride. “A lot of us are complaining that we can’t go to the park, or we can’t go to the beach or the movie theaters, and the thought of children with cancer that can’t get their treatment or are just waiting to get their treatment or having their treatment pushed back, you know, that’s what we really need to think about.”
The Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation was created in honor of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, 10, who died several years after being diagnosed with an aggressive childhood cancer.
Her motto was “Live Like Bella” and she was honored as the Miami Police Department’s chief of police in early 2013.
McCrink said he was motivated to complete his ride by those who gave generously to the cause.
“I would get up and I would check my fundraising goal, and I would see people that I don’t even know that donated $25, $50, $100, and that gave me the information that I can’t let these people down,” he said.
Click here for more information about the Live Like Bella Foundation or to make a donation.