Cincinnati—In the past three years, cancer research initiatives at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have received a $500,000 boost thanks to Ride Cincinnati, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds for breast cancer research.
Ride Cincinnati recently presented the UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital with a check for the $170,000 raised at its third annual cycling event, known by the same name and sponsored by Western Southern Financial Group. The event was held June 14, 2009, at Yeatman’s Cove and included more than 1,400 cyclists of all ages and 600 additional attendees.
Ride Cincinnati’s proceeds support grants made through the Marlene Harris–Ride Cincinnati Breast Cancer Pilot Grant Program at UC, which seeks to increase local breast cancer research and encourage collaboration between basic science and clinical investigators.
“This is the best way to honor all the women who have suffered from breast cancer in their lives: funding the bright scientific minds who will eventually find a cure for this awful disease,” says Harvey Harris, DDS, whose late wife inspired the event. “Our hope has always been that this money can serve as a catalyst for bringing together investigators who are able to translate laboratory findings into clinical interventions that benefit patients.”
Four scientists have received start-up funding through Ride Cincinnati since 2007 to explore research concepts related to various aspects of breast cancer—from biological causes of the disease to prevention. UC expects to select next round of grant awardees in the fall.
“We are thrilled with the Ride Cincinnati volunteer team’s efforts to raise much-needed funds for breast cancer research in Cincinnati,” said George Atweh, MD, director of the adult cancer program at the UC Barrett Cancer Institute and director of UC’s hematology-oncology division. “Community support and engagement are critical components of successful cancer centers. Ride Cincinnati’s efforts allow us to support novel research ideas that may have been delayed otherwise.”
The 2010 Ride Cincinnati event is slated for Sunday, June 13. Visit ridecincinnati.org for updates and more details.
The UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital is part of the Cincinnati Cancer Consortium, a joint cancer program involving the UC College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University Hospital. The collaborative initiative brings together interdisciplinary research teams of caring scientists and health professionals to research and develop new cures, while providing a continuum of care for children, adults and families with cancer.
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