“With nearly $5.5 million raised to-date, the Lymphoma Research Ride is truly changing lives,” said Dr. Bruce Cheson, MD, FACP, FAAAS, Georgetown University Hospital Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Past Chair of LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board, and co-founder of the Lymphoma Research Ride.
BARNESVILLE, Md. September 22, 2018
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – will host its 12th annual Lymphoma Research Ride, a cycling event held each year during Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
This year’s event will take place on September 23, 2018 at the Barnesville School in Barnesville, Maryland. Over the last 11 years, the Lymphoma Research Ride has been a signature event in the Team LRF portfolio, and has raised nearly $5.5 million in support of the Lymphoma Research Foundation's mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those impacted by this blood cancer. Riders of all skill levels are welcome and can choose to ride a 10, 25, 40 or 50-mile route through the picturesque rolling hills of Montgomery County, Maryland.
“With nearly $5.5 million raised to-date, the Lymphoma Research Ride is truly changing lives,” said Dr. Bruce Cheson, MD, FACP, FAAAS, Georgetown University Hospital Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Past Chair of LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board, and co-founder of the Lymphoma Research Ride. “After 12 years, we are excited to continue to see the Ride grow and look forward to being able to help more individuals and their loved ones, not only in the DC community but nationwide, who have been affected by lymphoma.”
The Foundation is also pleased to announce that this year’s Lymphoma Research Ride will be emceed by the beloved and widely acclaimed Bruce Johnson of WUSA 9. Johnson will not only serve as the Ride’s host but will also join his fellow members of Team LRF as a rider. All members of Team LRF are encouraged to participate in the day’s festivities, which include catered breakfast and lunch, a DJ, and special presentations. To participate in the Lymphoma Research Ride, all individuals are required to raise a minimum of $300 before the event. Any rider that raises $1,000 or more will be recognized as a Team LRF MVP and will receive a 2018 commemorative cycling jersey. Ride teams may share their team fundraising total to average $1,000/rider to guarantee ride entry and a cycling jersey for all team members. Children ages 10 to 17 are eligible to ride if accompanied by an adult rider and are not required to meet the fundraising minimum but are encouraged to raise $50.
Additionally, the Lymphoma Research Foundation will honor two members of Team LRF at this years’ Ride in recognition of their dedication and support to the Foundation’s mission. The Outstanding Team LRF Partner Award will be presented to the Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences, who has been the event’s host since the inaugural ride in 2006. The Foundation will also honor Research Rider Dianne Cheek and her Team Cheek2Cheek, with the 2018 Team LRF Rookie of the Year Award for their demonstration of the Team LRF spirit and commitment to continuing their efforts to raise critical funds and awareness.
“The LRF mission to eradicate lymphoma can only be achieved through greater investment in research and patient programs,” said Meghan Gutierrez, LRF Chief Executive Officer. “We are therefore incredibly grateful to all of those who make this Ride possible and we look forward to the continued success of this inspiring event.”
The Lymphoma Research Ride is supported by Platinum Sponsor Gilead Sciences, Inc.; Gold Sponsors, AbbVie, Celgene, Kite A Gilead Company, Pharmacyclics, and Seattle Genetics; Silver Sponsors, Acres Land Title Agency, Amgen, Bayer, Genentech, Insurance Office of America (IOA), Novartis, Verastem Oncology; Tailgate Sponsor, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Rest Stop Sponsors, Bronze Sponsors, in-kind supporters, and all the incredible Research Ride Riders and supporters.
For more information about the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Lymphoma Research Ride or to register, please contact Jenna Stasiewicz at (646) 312-5201 or visit support.lymphoma.org/ResearchRide.
About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded nearly $60 million in lymphoma-specific research.
For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.
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