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Light the Way for Cancer Research Month

Survivors and others touched by cancer set lanterns afloat to honor loved ones

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SEATTLE – April 29, 2014 – On the eve of National Cancer Research Month, people impacted by cancer will come together on the shores of Lake Union for a special lantern lighting ceremony honoring loved ones and supporting lifesaving cancer research at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

"Research is the necessary path to ending cancer," said Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutch. "Fred Hutch is at the top of research centers dedicated to curing cancer. If you want to make a difference in the fight against cancer, giving to local research is the best investment you can make. Your donations will help maintain the world-class cancer care that exists right here in Seattle.”

Half of all men and one in three women in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetimes. "If we don’t all step up and support cancer research we’re going to keep losing friends, family and sadly, future generations to this disease," said Amy Lavin, Obliteride's executive director.

Light the Way for Cancer Research Ceremony

What: People impacted by cancer will speak about the need for more research to help scientists make more lifesaving breakthroughs. They will write the names of loved ones and attach pictures on lanterns and set them afloat to light the way for cancer research.

Who: Survivors, people who have lost loved ones to cancer, those fighting cancer today, and all people interested in ending cancer.

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014; 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Pond at South Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle

Obliteride, a bike ride fundraiser for Fred Hutch, raised nearly $2 million for cancer research in its inaugural year in 2013. With the community's help, ride organizers hope to double that in 2014. All riders will be treated to an all-inclusive weekend of concerts, food and beverages. Thanks to generous sponsors, including University Village, 100% of all money raised goes directly to cancer research.

The routes are designed so everyone, from beginners to experienced cyclists, can join the movement to help end cancer on Aug.10, 2014. Sign up to ride or volunteer at obliteride.org/ride.

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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Private contributions are essential for enabling Fred Hutch scientists to explore novel research opportunities that lead to important medical breakthroughs. For more information visit www.fredhutch.org or follow Fred Hutch on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

ABOUT OBLITERIDE
Obliteride is a community that cares fiercely about ending cancer. We connect over the impact cancer is having on our lives and our intense commitment to find better treatments and ultimately eliminate it. We believe that together we can make a difference. Together we can end cancer. Join the movement to obliterate cancer. It’s fun, focused and full of energy! 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. Obliteride 2014 is Aug. 8-10. Learn more at www.obliteride.org.

CONTACT
Kerri Kazarba Schneider
Obliteride Media Relations
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
kerri@obliteride.org
206-288-3332