Bicycles Battling Cancer
Bicycles Battling Cancer continues to grow, 5th annual event is up in riders and dollars raised
On Sunday, June 9, more than 240 cyclists took part in our 5th annual Bicycles Battling Cancer ride, which began and ended at the Hillside School in Marlborough, MA. You can watch a video of the ride.
The Central Massachusetts event, which had the good fortune of falling on a beautiful, dry day, raised more than $200,000. (In 2012, a little more than 200 cyclists took part in the ride and raised over $175,000.) Donations will continue to be collected through June 30.
Participants rode individually or as a team, completing one of three “loop” options – century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles) and “lite” (35 miles).
New to the event this year was the Bio-Pharma Challenge. Six bio-tech and pharmaceutical companies from around New England accepted the challenge, registering 97 participants and raising more than $63,000. AstraZeneca’s ‘AZ Cranks’ leads the Challenge with 24 riders and more than $19,500 raised. Funds toward the Challenge will continue to be collected through June 30, as well.
A pre-event dinner was held the evening prior to give participants the chance to network and carb-load for the ride ahead. American Cancer Society-funded researcher Dr. Dan Duda, an associate professor in the department of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School and a biologist in radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, gave the audience a glimpse into his work, amplifying for riders the importance their fundraising dollars have on research.
To learn more visit bicyclesbattlingcancer.org or call 1- 800-227-2345.
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PHOTO: Tammy Hanley and Joe Pirrotta, members of the Genzyme-Sanofi team. Mr. Pirrotta, for the third straight year, was the event’s top individual fundraiser.