By Cycle for Survival, Special for USDR
Cycle for Survival, the national movement to beat rare cancers, completed its annual series of rides in March. Indoor cycling instructors from Equinox led rides in 13 cities across the country, with over 21,500 participants at the inspiring, high-energy events.
2015 marked a record-breaking year in fundraising, participants, and supporters. Nine years after the first event, Cycle for Survival is the fastest-growing athletic fundraising event,* and raised $25 million from more than 150,000 supporters.
Within six months, 100 percent of the funds will be allocated to rare cancer research studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the nation’s number one cancer care hospital,** which owns and operates Cycle for Survival.
Events took place in the following locations:
- Summit, New Jersey
- Los Angeles (three locations)
- Long Island, New York
- San Francisco
- Palo Alto, California
- Washington, D.C.
- Greenwich, Connecticut
- New York City (six locations)
Participants included rare cancer doctors and researchers, patients, survivors, and supporters. Celebrity supporters included:
- Seth Meyers, Late Night with Seth Meyers
- Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
- Mark Herzlich, New York Giants
- Kristin Davis, Actress and Philanthropist
- Alison Brie, Community and Mad Men
- Erica Hill, NBC TODAY Co-host
- Alicia Quarles, E! Correspondent
- Shannon Miller, Seven-time Olympic medalist
- Tom Cavanagh, The Flash
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse, How to Train Your Dragon 2
- Whitney Port, Designer of fashion line Whitney Eve
- Brittany Daniel, The Game
- Jesse Metcalfe, Desperate Housewives
- Colin Egglesfield, Rizzoli & Isles
- Samantha Harris, TV Personality
- Alysia Reiner, Orange is the New Black
- David Alan Basche, The Exes
- LaRoyce Hawkins, Chicago PD
- Marina Squerciati, Chicago PD
- Joe Minoso, Chicago Fire
- Randy Flagler, Chicago Fire
- David Eigenberg, Chicago Fire
- Tucker Dupree, Paralympic Swimmer
- Max Jenkins, The Mysteries of Laura
- Hisham Tawfiq, The Blacklist
- Joseph Leo Bwarie, Broadway’s Jersey Boys
- Sami Gayle, Blue Bloods
- Naturi Naughton, Musician/Actress, Fame, Power
Visit Battlecry.cycleforsurvival.org for personal stories, photos, and videos that recap highlights from the 2015 events.
About half of all Americans with cancer face a rare form of the disease, which include thyroid, brain, ovarian, pancreatic, all pediatric cancers, and many others. Research on rare cancers is typically underfunded—often leaving patients with few or no proven treatment plans. As doctors and researchers race against the clock to develop new options, Cycle for Survival provides urgently needed funding.
* Source: Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, 2014 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Top 30 Ranked by Gross Revenue
** Memorial Sloan Kettering was named the No. 1 hospital for cancer care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2014.
Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “On behalf of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I want to thank each person who rode, donated, cheered, instructed, and supported Cycle for Survival. Within six months, the $25 million raised by our dedicated participants will be allocated to promising research initiatives.”
Sarah Robb O’Hagan, President, Equinox: “Equinox is incredibly proud to be the founding partner of Cycle for Survival and an integral part of the ninth annual events. We share an immense passion for Cycle for Survival and are committed to growing the movement until we beat rare cancers. This year, I had the opportunity to ride in West Los Angeles; Irvine, California; Chicago; Greenwich, Connecticut; and at Bryant Park in New York City. I could not be more proud of the dedication and energy of everyone who rode, donated, and supported this movement. Together with the Equinox team, we are committed to riding harder, riding faster, and raising awareness to beat rare cancers.”