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Cycle For Survival Breaks Record With $42 Million Raised In 2019 For Rare Cancer Research

Posted: April 3, 2019 in Chains

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, raised $42 million in 2019 through its signature indoor team cycling events, making it the most successful year to date. A total of $222 million has been raised since inception, with more than half of that total raised in the past three years. 100% of every dollar raised directly funds groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival.

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Motivational instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, led the high-energy rides at the 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 City; Palo Alto, Calif., Paramus, N.J.; San Francisco; Seattle; Summit, N.J.; and Washington, DC throughout January, February and March.

Special guests included Seth Meyers, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers; Johnny Weir, U.S. figure skating champion; actors Dave Franco, Alison Brie, and Mena Suvari; U.S. champion professional runner Gabriele Grunewald, and others.

With support from Equinox, sponsors and the dedicated community of participants and donors, Cycle for Survival has grown every year. In 2019:

  • More than 36,000 participants rode, including rare cancer survivors, patients, doctors, researchers, caregivers and supporters.
  • More than 245,000 individuals donated to support the cause.
  • More than 1,050 company teams participated, which was an increase in corporate involvement; dedicated events were held for the finance, media and tech, 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.

In February, Cycle for Survival made history by crossing the $200 million threshold for funds raised since it was founded in 2007. This year, several teams reached fundraising milestones by raising a total of more than $1 million each throughout their respective years of participation. Sixteen teams have now reached that level of fundraising. All 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.

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