When you register for the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, you join a community of passionate individuals who believe a cancer-free world is possible and are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. The money you and your fellow cyclists raise will help declare victory over cancer.
We provide the tools and resources you need to be successful. You provide the heart and determination. As you ask your friends, family and entire network to support your fundraising efforts, be confident, be persistent and “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®.
Victory Ride participants commit to a fundraising minimum to help us achieve victory over cancer. In order to participate in the Victory Ride, riders must meet their fundraising minimums by May 16, 2018. If you have not met your minimum by May 16, you will have the option to pay the balance with a credit card if you wish to ride on May 19.
*The minimum age for these rides is 13. Participants aged 13 – 17 need to be accompanied by a registered adult during the Victory Ride.
On behalf of all of those fighting cancer, thank you for your passion and commitment to defeating cancer. If you have questions about fundraising or need help getting started, we are here. There are lots of tools to inspire you in the Participant Center, and you can reach us at [email protected].
How to Ask for Support
Here's the simple truth: The number one reason people donate is because they were asked. Your friends and family won’t know what you are doing or how they can support you if you don’t ask! Remember, you're not asking for a gift for yourself. You are giving others an opportunity to make a difference, just like you are.
Start by making a list of everyone you know. Yes, we truly mean everyone. (Family, friends, colleagues, your doctor, businesses you frequent, the delivery person ...) You never know who might be willing to support you, and you may be surprised by the number of people touched by cancer!
Next, divide your list into groups that make sense to you. Build your fundraising request with these four easy steps:
- Share your story! Explain why cancer research is so important and how it impacts you.
- Address what you are doing about it.
- Ask your donor to take a specific action.
- Give your donor a chance to respond.
Gather your cancer stats and practice. Start with family and friends – those you know will support you. When you ask for a donation in person, it’s always important to end your ask with a question mark. Resist the urge to talk yourself out of a donation by trying to fill the silence. Give your potential donor time to think about the amount he or she can donate, and if they aren’t ready to commit right then, follow up later with an email and the link to your personal fundraising page. If they can't make a donation, or simply want to do more to help, ask them to share your link with their friends!
You can do this. But don't wait until the last minute! For more fundraising tips, resources and ideas, download our Fundraising Guide.