Goal of 200-mile bike ride is raising awareness for organ donation

Times Union | Jennifer Gish

The Strope family, Sara, left, Harold and Miriam stand near Harold's bike at the Albany Academy for Girls Sept. 30, 2015 in Albany, N.Y. On Thursday, October 1st, Sara Strope and her father will embark on a four-day, 200-mile bike ride, departing from Delmar. In 1995, during Sara's senior year at Albany Academy for Girls, her father had lifesaving surgery at Mass General in Boston - a heart transplant. Now they are embarking on this ride together celebrate the 20th anniversary of his transplant. They will be biking the route that Harold Strope took 20 years ago to receive his heart. They will be gathering at 9:00am Thursday at the Seville Bike Shop in Delmar to leave at 9:30. At least a dozen community members will be gathering to send them off. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union)

Because maybe when someone sees a picture of them together on social media and realizes her father, Harold Strope, is pedaling up the Berkshires with a heart he wasn't born with, they'll sign up to be an organ donor.

Their four-day ride will start in Delmar, the place Harold and Miriam Strope call home, and end at Massachusetts General Hospital, where Harold received a heart transplant 20 years ago, when he was in his late 40s and Sara was a senior at Albany Academy for Girls. They hope to raise a bit of money for the hospital, but the primary purpose of the ride is to raise awareness about the importance of signing up to be an organ donor. It's as easy as checking a box when you get your driver's license or signing up online. Continue reading