Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, Cleveland: VeloSano announced yesterday that it has raised over $4.17 million to support cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. This past July, more than 3,200 individuals participated as riders, virtual riders and volunteers from 28 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Germany and Italy, to raise funds for cancer research. Nearly 26,000 donations were received from over 22,000 donors from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and 36 countries around the world.
“VeloSano brings doctors, patients, families and the community together with a common goal of beating cancer,” said Brian J. Bolwell, M.D., FACP, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. “Funds raised through VeloSano further cancer research and bring sophisticated options to our patients. In its first three years, VeloSano has funded 68 cancer research projects at Cleveland Clinic with immeasurable patient impact.”
The 2017 total was announced Nov. 9 at the VeloSano Bash: Revealing the Cash celebratory event, presented by The Lerner Foundation, at Windows on the River with emcee, Tom Hamilton, the “Voice of the Cleveland Indians.” The $4.17 million will be allocated via the VeloSano Pilot and Impact Awards at Cleveland Clinic, and those projects will begin on March 1, 2018.
VeloSano has gained significant momentum in raising money for cancer research at Cleveland Clinic due to the support of its partners, including but not limited to, the Donna and Stewart Kohl Fund, the Cleveland Indians, Adcom, Jones Day, Lexus, Zack Bruell Events, cleveland.com, DiGeronimo Companies, House of LaRose, Jack Cleveland Casino, KeyBank, Panera Bread and UN1TUS. Every dollar raised directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. Funds will be allocated across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise to support the research areas of cancer genomics, immunotherapy and clinical trials.
In addition to thanking the event partners for making VeloSano possible, several event participants were recognized during the Bash, including the top 20 fundraising riders, virtual riders and teams.
VeloSano 5 weekend is scheduled for July 20-22, 2018, and will once again be chaired by Paul Dolan, Chairman and CEO of the Cleveland Indians, and John Saada, Partner at Jones Day. Registration for year 5 opens early on Monday, Dec. 4 and includes a special offer: anyone who registers to ride 25 miles or more before Jan. 1 will receive a $25 discount on their registration fee.
Latin for “swift cure,” VeloSano is a major community fundraising initiative in which participants raise money for cancer research through the sport of cycling. Whether you are an avid cyclist, a compassionate crusader, or a spirited fan, you can be a part of the VeloSano family. Thanks to the support and dedication of our corporate partners, every dollar raised by VeloSano participants advances cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. In four years, VeloSano has generated over $12.4 million all of which is already hard at work in the fight against cancer. For more information, please visit velosano.org.