In an effort to combat the city’s alarmingly high rates of cancer, organizations around Cincinnati are rallying together with a new goal: to offer the best cancer research and patient care available anywhere in the world.
Stepping up to the plate is one of the region’s largest family friendly cycling events, Ride Cincinnati, which is now expanding its mission and local impact by raising funds to support research for all types of cancer at the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati.
Over the past 10 years, Ride Cincinnati – which takes place this year on June 11-- has mobilized thousands of people annually to show their support for friends, co-workers and family affected by breast cancer. Their collective efforts have raised $2.5 million for breast cancer research at The Barrett Center, funding more than 34 research grants in the process.
Funds raised by Ride Cincinnati will go to research projects that are not only necessary in the fight to find a cure, but they also help advance our community's pursuit of the coveted National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation in Cincinnati.
“This is an exciting time in the cancer research community. Thanks to new developments, a single treatment option can apply to a number of different cancers,” said Dr. William Barrett, director of the Barrett Center. “These discoveries wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of long-time partners like Ride Cincinnati that have helped pave the way for advancements that go way beyond breast cancer research.”
According to Ride Cincinnati co-founder Allison Gordon, “Over the past 10 years, Ride Cincinnati has become a legacy for not only my family, but for thousands who have benefitted from the research funded by our event. By expanding our funding to other cancer programs at the Barrett Center, we can help so many more local families who are living with cancer.”
“Western & Southern is proud to continue our title sponsorship of Ride Cincinnati,” said John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern Financial Group. “The work being done at the Barrett Center is vital to finding a cure for cancer, and this event gives our community a tremendous opportunity to unite in that effort.”
In paying homage to its roots, Ride Cincinnati’s first $250,000 raised each year – beginning with the 2017 ride -- will be earmarked for breast cancer research.
2017 marks the 11 th year of Ride Cincinnati. In addition to benefiting all cancers, Ride Cincinnati has added a 100 mile ride, 5k run and 5k brick (cycle and run) event.