Bicyclists raise $2.6 million for cancer research

Ride to Conquer Cancer supports Hopkins' Kimmel Center, Sibley Memorial, Suburban hospitals

September 15, 2014|By Colin Campbell | The Baltimore Sun

More than 1,000 people rode bicycles 150 miles — in the rain, for part of the way — this weekend to raise $2.6 million for cancer research at Johns Hopkins.

The funds from the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer in Washington, D.C. on Saturday will support the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Organizers said the money raised will allow researchers to personalize cancer treatment and screening methods for each patient.

In a release, Dr. William Nelson, the Kimmel Cancer Center's director, called the ride "a remarkable success" that will lead to "breakthrough discoveries."

"The vital funds raised are already powering our world-leading leading researchers and doctors," Nelson wrote.

Bicyclists held a memorial before the ride to remember those who have died from the disease.

The two-day ride will also launch in Philadelphia next month and New York and Chicago in 2015. Registration has been opened for next year's Washington ride, which is scheduled for Sept. 19-20. For more information, go to or call (855) 822-7433.

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