According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be affected by cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that in 2018 there will be 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed — 58,690 of those in North Carolina. In keeping with its mission to achieve victory over cancer, the Jimmy V Foundation last year launched a fundraising bike ride that will help steer a new course for cancer research.
The second annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer will be held on Saturday, May 18, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The ride is a local event that will benefit breakthrough cancer research across the country, but will specifically support the research at Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center.
This year, the DCI Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers formed Team Easy Riders, co-captained by Daniel George, MD and Brant Inman, MD. The team, which supports the Duke Cancer Institute, is saddling up to further cancer research.
“Research saves lives, and it continues to be under-funded,” explained George. “The question I have for everyone is, what are we going to do about it? Cancer is a daunting field with personal triumphs and tragedies, and we are making progress at an incredible pace. However, for many patients it is still not fast enough. Brant Inman and I decided to join the Victory Ride to unite our team and help the V Foundation achieve victory over cancer.”
Cyclists can choose between a 30-, 60- and 100-mile event. Registration is $50 and each level requires riders to raise at least a $250.