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SEATTLE – Aug. 5, 2014 – Obliteride gains momentum in its second year as cancer survivors, cyclists, researchers and others determined to end cancer ride this weekend to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In its inaugural year, Obliteride 2013 raised nearly $2 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. With the community’s help, organizers hope to collect even more in 2014.
“We’re urging people to come join the fun and cheer us on as we ride through your community,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, come ride with us! There’s still time to sign up.The 25-mile route is a beautiful ride along Lake Washington and is perfect for beginners. Our three other routes offer options for more experienced riders.” People interested in riding or cheering on the riders can find maps of the one- and two-day routes on Obliteride.org.
Sadly, cancer touches everyone. Half of all men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. “Together as a community we can fight back,” Lavin said. “We’re so fortunate to have Fred Hutch right here in our backyard. Giving to local research is the best investment you can make because it helps ensure when someone you know gets cancer, they’ll have the best doctors, researchers and care available right here.”
Obliteride is more than just a bike ride. It’s an epic weekend with fun parties and delicious food, including a Tom Douglas salmon dinner. Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline Obliteride’s kickoff party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 8. The private kickoff party is a thank you to riders who are required to raise at least $1,000 to participate. Three local contestants from NBC’s talent show, “The Voice,” will perform at Magnuson Park on Sunday, Aug. 10. Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma kicks off the afternoon, followed by Austin Jenckes of Duvall. Season 1 finalist and Tacoma native Vicci Martinez will close the festivities.
People interested in participating can still sign up to ride or donate. Riders have until Sept. 30 to fundraise. Thanks to Obliteride’s generous sponsors, including University Village, every dollar raised supports lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch.
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.
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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 fredhutch.org or follow Fred Hutch on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.