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An Epic Ride to Conquer Cancer

August 28, 2014 | Hannah Belisle

Cancer Research Institute the Ride to Conquer Cancer

Last week, the Cancer Research Institute confirmed that the first ever New York Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting CRI will take place on June 6-7, 2015. Upwards of 1,200 cyclists of varying levels of experience will participate in the two-day event, which will raise critical funds to support CRI’s research programs in cancer immunotherapy.

As “co-captain” CRI’s team of riders who have pledged to take part in this inaugural ride, I say: Bring it on. Let's do this! The Ride is a 150-mile cycling journey—NOT a race—through the scenic landscape of New York. I have no doubt that it will be a challenge in a number of ways (150 miles in the saddle, can we talk?), but we are up for the challenge and ready to roll.

If you're wondering when I became an avid cyclist, the answer is never. That'll happen at some point TBD. Maybe. For now, I'm participating in this ride because I love the Cancer Research Institute, I believe in the research we support (and genuinely believe that immunotherapy will be the backbone of a cure to this terrible disease), and I want to challenge myself to do something truly...well, challenging.

Step 1: acquire a bike. I'm not convinced that my 1986 cruiser (stuck in 2nd gear) will cut it. Still the best bike ever (you have to pedal backwards to break--need I say more?), but I will probably need to upgrade.

Beyond that, a critical part of this event for everyone who plans to ride—including me—is to raise a minimum of $2,500 in support of the Cancer Research Institute. I can relate to feeling like that is a lot of money, but I’m keeping my eye on the prize! Don’t let the fear of not being able to raise this money stop you from trying. As the mighty Wayne Gretsky said: you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. What’s more, we have TONS of supporting materials, tools, and resources available to help you kick start your fundraising and training. The first step is to get pumped up and to decide for yourself that this challenge is one that you’re up for. We are in it together after that.

I can personally attest to the fact that funds raised will support inspiring and truly breakthrough research that I fully believe will transform cancer into a manageable disease in the coming decade. If you don’t yet know about the awesomeness of cancer immunotherapy, learn more at, or get inspired at

And if you are ready to join me and thousands of other riders in doing something transformational for the future of cancer treatment—visit and sign up today. Be sure to follow us on Twitter using hashtag #nyride. I will see you at the starting line!


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