‘Cycle for Survival’ Fundraiser Surpasses $250 Million Milestone

‘Cycle for Survival’ Fundraiser Surpasses $250 Million Milestone
Including donations from more than 1 million individuals across all 50 states, 13-year-old Cycle for Survival has raised more than $250 million to date to fight rare malignancies such as ovarian cancer. The amount exceeds a major fundraising milestone. All proceeds from the annual high-energy event go toward research led by the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center, the event’s owner and operator. Events began in January and continued through early this month in 17 cities nationwide. Participants were led by cycling instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, which recently contributed a $500,000 matching donation to help lift the event over the $250 million mark. Last year’s efforts produced $42 million. Notably, more than half the $250 million raised since 2007 was generated in the past three years. “This milestone reflects the determination and generosity of a passionate community uniting to fight rare cancers,” a Cycle for Survival press release stated. To celebrate the milestone, as well as Cycle for Survival’s 11th year in Chicago, the skyscraper Willis Tower recently lit its famous antenna orange. The stationary cycling event began as just one ride in New York City — 230 people on 50 bikes. Now the event includes more than 37,000 participants, 9,000 bikes, and 250,000 donors annually. To date, there have been more than 1,100 corporate teams representing 610 companies. “The $250 million raised by Cycle for Survival has allowed hundreds of MSK physicians, scientists and research teams to pursue bold ideas to change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated,” the announcement stated. “Their investigations have made a direct impact on patient care, including FDA-approved drugs and effective experimen
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