OAK RIDGE (WATE) – A priest, a parent and an eighth-grade student at St. Mary Catholic School in Oak Ridge have embarked on a two-day 125-mile bike ride from Oak Ridge to Chattanooga to bring awareness to a beloved teacher’s battle with cancer.
Father Joe Reed, associate pastor at Sacred Heart Cathedral; John Deinhart, diocesan director of fellowship; and his daughter Molly Deinhart are riding to honor Darlene Adams, a teacher at St. Mary Catholic School who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The ride is called “Tour de Mary” because the start and end points are diocesan schools dedicated and honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus. Molly says she has dreamed of doing something special to honor Adams.
“Mrs. Adams taught me Spanish at St. Mary’s since I was little. Many of those years she also battled ovarian cancer,” Molly Deinhart said. “She is one of the strongest, most inspiring people I know.”
The ride began Wednesday morning. They are taking State Highway 58 to Kingston, then State Highway 204 to State Highway 68 before crossing Watts Bar Dam and moving onto U.S. Highway 27. They will continue to Soddy-Daisy and spend the night at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The first day of the trip will span about 85 miles.
The trio continues their trek to Chattanooga on Thursday and are scheduled to arrive at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School around 2 p.m.
Molly’s online fundraising effort has already raised $5,300 for a scholarship in honor of Adams. More information is available online.