VeloSano’s 2021 “Bike to Cure” weekend is scheduled for September 11, 2021 but has various ways to be a part of this important fundraising experience allowing anyone to get involved no matter where they are around the world. . Latin for “swift cure”, the year-round fundraising initiative raised more than $21 million for cancer research at Cleveland Clinic since its inception in 2014.
“Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19. It’s more vital than ever that we collaborate to support our patients,” said Brian Bolwell, M.D., chairman of Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. “While we won’t be physically together this summer, we look forward to virtually engaging with the VeloSano community across the world and are grateful for their generosity. It’s important we continue to work together to fund and ultimately discover new cancer treatments; helping the patients of today and tomorrow.”
“Cancer doesn’t slow down for a pandemic and neither does VeloSano,” said Stewart Kohl, Co-CEO, The Riverside Company and Founder, VeloSano. “A big benefit to going virtual is that VeloSano instantly became more inclusive and accessible. We’re excited to share that anyone can unite around the common goal of ending cancer in fun and meaningful ways. Any activity can be part of the cancer-fighting machine that is VeloSano, so we hope people get creative and use that #VirtualVeloSano hashtag.”
Cleveland Clinic cancer researchers compete for funds raised by VeloSano, with the seed money going to proposals with the greatest promise. Thus far, VeloSano has supported 150 cancer research projects. Those projects often go on to earn research grants from the National Institutes of Health and elsewhere. The total return from additional external funding now surpasses $22 million, making the impact of VeloSano more than $43 million
More information on Virtual VeloSano is available on velosano.org.