CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL LAUNCHES 2017 BATTLE TO BEAT RARE CANCERS: OVER 1,000 SUPPORTERS IN TIMES SQUARE
Equinox instructors rallied riders throughout the day in support of rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
PR Newswire, NEW YORK, October 3, 2016
Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, welcomed more than 1,000 supporters to Times Square on September 30 for the fourth annual Times Square Takeover, an all-day celebration featuring seven high-energy cycling rides on stationary bikes, led by instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s founding partner. The Times Square Takeover was presented by smartwater®, the longstanding official hydration sponsor. T-shirts were provided by New Balance, the official apparel sponsor.
Rare cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center doctors and special guests rode together on Friday in the heart of New York City to raise awareness about the fight to beat rare cancers. They celebrated the launch of Cycle for Survival’s 11th year of indoor cycling rides, which will take place in 16 cities across the country this February and March, with 31,000 riders participating.
.@Cycle4Survival takes over Times Square to launch its 2017 rides—100% raised goes to research. Tweet
100 percent of the money raised by Cycle for Survival supports rare cancer studies, clinical trials and major research initiatives led by Memorial Sloan Kettering, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. Together with Equinox and hundreds of thousands of supporters across the country, the movement has raised more than $105 million for rare cancer research since its founding in 2007—making it the fastest-growing athletic fundraising event in the country.*
About half of the people diagnosed with cancer are battling a rare cancer, a classification that includes pancreatic, thyroid, brain, ovarian, all pediatric cancers and many others. Rare cancer research is typically underfunded, often leaving patients with limited or no options for treatment. Cycle for Survival is helping to fill this funding gap by supporting cutting-edge research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Every dollar raised is allocated to research within six months of the indoor cycling rides. Cycle for Survival has contributed to important research discoveries for many types of the disease. To learn more about recent breakthroughs made possible by Cycle for Survival funding, please visit CycleforSurvival.org/research-breakthroughs.
Anyone can register for the 2017 Cycle for Survival events at www.cycleforsurvival.org. Rides will take place in February and March in 16 cities:
- Bethesda, Md.
- Greenwich, Conn.
- Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Long Island, N.Y.
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Palo Alto, Calif.
- Paramus, N.J.
- San Francisco
- Summit, N.J.
- Washington, D.C.
For photos, videos, FAQ and additional information on the Times Square Takeover and Cycle for Survival, please download the online media kit at news.cycleforsurvival.org.
*Source: Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, 2015 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Top 30 Ranked by Gross Revenue
Dr. Charles Sawyers, Chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
“Cycle for Survival funding has been essential in advancing cutting-edge rare cancer research. The $105 million raised to date—every dollar allocated to research and clinical trials—has directly led to discoveries that will help patients around the world. MSK is grateful for this passionate and dedicated community of riders and donors. The enthusiasm at the Times Square Takeover is just the beginning. I’m incredibly proud to be a member of this community, and I can’t wait to join them at Equinox to ride in 2017.”
Scott Rosen, COO of Equinox:
“As Cycle for Survival’s founding partner, Equinox is more committed than ever to beating rare cancers. The energy and dedication from the Equinox team at every level is tremendous. We couldn’t be more pumped to kick off the 2017 registration by riding in Times Square. Too many people in our community have been impacted by cancer and we are going all-in to make 2017 Cycle for Survival the best year yet!”
Caroline Kibler, Director of smartwater®:
“smartwater® is proud to have been a longstanding partner of Cycle for Survival and we support their efforts to bring hope to patients worldwide. We’re excited to ride along with participants at the Time Square Takeover again this year and will be rooting for and hydrating them along the way!”
About Cycle for Survival
Join the Battle. Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. Since 2007, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $105 million through its signature indoor team cycling events across the U.S. to help fund pioneering rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. 100 percent of every donation funds rare cancer research. About half of all cancer patients are fighting a rare cancer, and they often face limited or no treatment options. Together with the movement’s founding partner, Equinox, Cycle for Survival has supported innovative clinical trials, research studies, and major research initiatives. For a list of events, research updates, and additional information, visit www.cycleforsurvival.org and follow Cycle for Survival on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.
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Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK)—the world's oldest and largest private cancer center—has devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. Today, it is one of 45 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, with state-of-the-art science flourishing side by side with clinical studies and treatment. The close collaboration between MSK's physicians and scientists is one of its unique strengths, enabling it to provide patients with the best care available as researchers work to discover more-effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. MSK's education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain has an impact on cancer treatment and biomedical research around the world.
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