A record-high $5.1 million was raised for VeloSano in 2021, 100% of which will support lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. The year-round fundraising initiative has raised a cumulative total of more than $29 million since its inception in 2014.
The total amount raised in 2021 was announced today in a special video featuring the many ways over 4,000 participants from near and far contributed to the record-breaking fundraising year. This includes participating in the annual Bike to Cure fundraising event as a rider or volunteer, raising funds from locations across the globe as a virtual fundraiser, supporting our littlest heroes and raising funds for pediatric cancer research as a Trike & Bike junior rider, or simply making a donation to support the cause.
“We are so grateful to everyone involved in making this a record-breaking fundraising year for VeloSano,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., interim chair of Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. “The support, passion and energy is contagious, and helps us to continue to advance cancer research to the next level.”
Latin for “swift cure,” 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 Kohl Fund, the Cleveland Guardians, Adcom, Jones Day, Lexus, Zack Bruell Events, Advance Ohio, Amgen, Hileman Group, House of LaRose / Michelob Ultra, KeyBank, The Lerner Foundation, Oscar Health and Ranpak.
Cleveland Clinic cancer researchers across the enterprise compete for funds raised by VeloSano, with the money being awarded to research proposals with the greatest promise. Thus far, VeloSano has supported 170 cancer research projects. Those projects often go on to earn research grants from the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere. To date, an additional $22 million in funding has been received thanks to the promise shown by VeloSano-funded projects.