Cary, NC [October 2, 2018]– The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce the second annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer will take place Saturday, May 18, 2019, beginning and ending at NC State University’s Centennial Campus. The Victory Ride benefits Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as breakthrough cancer research nationwide.
“Pairing athletics with great science, with a goal to end cancer – that’s in our DNA,” said Susan Braun, Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation. “The V Foundation is excited to host the second year of the Victory Ride here in our home state of North Carolina, in partnership with the three outstanding NCI-designated cancer centers here.”
This year, the V Foundation has added a 10-mile route, as well as offering new routes for the 30-, 60- and 100-mile courses. There will also be a virtual ride option. All riders are asked to fundraise $250 to help achieve Victory Over Cancer®. One hundred percent of rider-raised funds will go directly to cancer research. Following the ride, cyclists and spectators will be greeted with food trucks and a beer garden.
“I chose the Victory Ride because I have been an NC State fan my entire life and I love being able to use my passions to give back,” said Russell Maddrey, a 2018 participant.“There are few people in the world whose lives haven’t been affected by cancer, and I wanted to be a part of the V Foundation’s fight against such a terrible, prolific disease to help them change the narrative.”
The V Foundation’s events raise millions of dollars every year and are vital to research funding. These include the Wine Celebration, the Dick Vitale Gala, Virginia Vine and the Victory Ride. At the inaugural Victory Ride, riders raised more than $200,000 for cancer research in North Carolina. The V Foundation has awarded more than $200 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 4% of cancer charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.
For more information about the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer or to register for the ride, please visit www.thevictoryride.org. Follow the Victory Ride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TheVictoryRide and through #TheVictoryRide. For more information on the V Foundation for Cancer Research or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
About the Benefiting N.C. Cancer Centers
Duke Cancer Institute (DCI)
A collaborative powerhouse at the center of a world-renowned university and medical center, Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) is built to move forward rapid innovation and novel treatments.
Established in 1973 as one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, today, DCI cares for patients from every county in North Carolina, every state in the nation and from countries around the world. It is home to more than 300 researchers and physicians and is involved in clinical and research partnerships in India, China, Singapore and across the U.S.
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. They are one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country and the only public institution to earn this distinction in North Carolina.
The faculty works in the laboratory, at the bedside and in the community to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, to conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and to translate findings into pioneering and innovative clinical trials.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., is proud to be among an elite group of cancer centers acknowledged as the nation’s leaders in the fight against cancer.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to have been one of the first centers to receive a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation and earned NCI comprehensive status in 1990, ensuring patients have access to the latest treatments, research, technologies and clinical trials. A long history of research collaboration and education has advanced the most promising new treatment options available to cancer patients. At the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, the focus is on providing the best cancer care available, in a caring and compassionate manner.