More than 2,000 riders at the August Fred Hutch Obliteride charity event broke their own record having raised $2.8 million this year, making it the “largest and most successful” charity bike ride in the Pacific Northwest.
For the past five years, the Obliteride weekend event has raised $12 million with every dollar benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This year, the top individual contributor raised more than $102,000, and team LEWIS & FRIENDS CERCumvent Cancer has raised $1 million over the last five years.
The funds directly support research in areas including prostate, lung, and blood cancer, and have also funded a new way to diagnose chronic myeloid leukemia.
“We are grateful to all our riders, sponsors, and volunteers for making this our best year yet. The combined generosity and community engagement is emblematic of how deeply people care about finding cures for cancer, faster,” said Kelly O’Brien, vice president of Philanthropy at Fred Hutch in a press release. “We’re committed to curing cancer by 2025, and these funds go straight to work in labs across campus.”
Registration for the 2018 Obliteride August 10-12 will open early next year.