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Cycle for Survival Raises A Record-Breaking $39 Million In 2018 For Rare Cancer Research

Monday, April 2, 2018

Enthusiastic participants cheer at a Cycle for Survival event.


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Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, raised $39 million in 2018 through its signature indoor team cycling events, leading to a history-making year. A total of $180 million has been raised since Cycle for Survival began in 2007, with $150 million raised in the last five years. 100 percent of every dollar funds groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival.

Expert instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival's founding partner, led high-energy rides at the inspirational annual events in 16 cities across the country. Rides took place in Bethesda, Md.; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Greenwich, Conn.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Palo Alto, Calif.; Paramus, N.J.; San Francisco; Seattle; Summit, N.J.; and Washington, DC throughout January, February and March.

With support from Equinox, sponsors and the passionate community of participants and donors, Cycle for Survival has continued to reach fundraising milestones year after year, quadrupling funds since 2012. In 2018:

More than 34,000 participants rode, including rare cancer survivors, patients, doctors, researchers, caregivers and supporters.

More than 230,000 individuals donated to support the cause.

Corporate participation grew with more than 950 company teams involved; dedicated events were held for the finance, media, professional services and real estate industries.

Cycle for Survival's generous sponsors include smartwater®, the official hydration sponsor; New Balance, the official apparel sponsor; TAG Heuer, the official Timepiece and Timekeeper; and ICAP, which donates annually with a fundraising match.

Participants this year included actors David Schwimmer, Sterling K. Brown, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Joe Minoso, Randy Flagler and Kara Killmer; Alexander Rossi, professional racing driver and 2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion; Shannon Miller, seven-time Olympic medalist; Nastia Liukin, Olympic gold medalist; Gabriele Grunewald, U.S. champion professional runner and others. The unprecedented TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Fundraising Challenge included TAG Heuer ambassadors Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots; Patrick Dempsey, actor; Tim Howard, goalkeeper for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team; Alec Monopoly, American graffiti artist and Alexander Rossi.

Funds raised are allocated within six months to innovative research that is changing the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. About half of all people diagnosed with cancer are battling a rare form of the disease, which includes brain, ovarian, pancreatic, leukemia, lymphoma, all pediatric cancers and many others. Rare cancer research is typically underfunded — often leaving patients with few or no treatment options. As doctors and researchers pursue new treatments, Cycle for Survival provides urgently needed funding. To read about research breakthroughs made possible because of Cycle for Survival funding, go to www.cycleforsurvival.org/what-you-fund

Visit www.cycleforsurvival.org to learn more about Cycle for Survival.

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