In their continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for cancer, members of the United We Ride cycling team of Kansas City will host the 3rd Annual Freedom Ride to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Livestrong on Saturday.

The cycling event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 20110 E. Jackson Drive, Independence. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may participate in the options ranging from 1 to 70 miles.

The Freedom Ride is a local response by members of the United We Ride cycling team to raise funds for cancer research, treatment and family support services. A team formed originally for Bike MS, has broadened its reach to unite local communities in a common fight against cancer and promote bicycling safety, transportation, fitness and fun.

The Freedom Ride begins in Independence and offers options ranging from one to 22 miles on Little Blue Trace Trail or 35 to 70 miles of country roads in Eastern Jackson County. The road route takes cyclists through Independence, Sibley, Buckner and Wellington. Unique rest stops for riders include Sibley Orchard and La Bella Winery. Former Chiefs players Louie Aguiar and Ted McKnight are participating in their second year on the ride.

Registration in advance is $25, $35 the day of the ride. For more information and to register, visit