This Past Weekend’s Event Brings the Total Raised to Nearly $1.7 Million Since the Victory Ride’s Inception
Cary, NC (May 22, 2023) –The V Foundation for Cancer Research is proud to announce the sixth annual Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, presented by CBS 17, was held on Saturday, May 20, where riders raised over $285,000 for cancer research. The event, hosted at Knightdale Station Park, brought over 550 riders and volunteers to the new venue. Since the first Victory Ride in 2018, participants have raised nearly $1.7 million to fund game-changing cancer research by all-star scientists.
“The Victory Ride is an uplifting event that unites a passionate community of riders, volunteers and supporters who share our vision of victory over cancer,” said Shane Jacobson, CEO of the V Foundation. “This day is so impactful because we are not only funding lifesaving cancer research at renowned institutions, but also creating a space to honor the many friends, family members and loved ones who have faced this disease.”
For the first time this year, the Victory Ride kicked off at Knightdale Station Park, which offered a family-friendly atmosphere for riders and spectators alike to enjoy the park setting and surrounding trails, greenways and children’s areas. The V Foundation has hosted the Victory Ride each year in the greater Triangle area to engage the local community, although the ride also brings participants from around the state and country. The event included 10-, 30-, and 60-mile routes that weaved through beautiful greenways and scenic areas around eastern North Carolina. For those who couldn’t attend in person, the Victory Ride also included a virtual option for riders to choose a day, time, and location that worked best for them, maximizing the accessibility of the ride for all.
“My favorite part of this event every year is seeing riders of all levels and experiences come together for a cause that is so meaningful,” said Victory Rider Matt McDougall. “We are all riding for a reason, for someone we love, and to support research that will put an end to cancer. That’s what this day is all about.”
Riders were offered a complimentary breakfast from Chick-fil-A before the ride commenced. After the completion of the ride, participants enjoyed a post-event festival complete with music and refreshments from local establishments including Poblanos Tacos, Chick-N-Que, Doherty’s Paddy Wagon, Bond Brothers Beer Company, Crank Arm Brewing Company, Raleigh Brewing Company, Trophy Brewing and Corona.
One unique aspect of the Victory Ride is that 100% of rider-raised funds directly benefit research at the three North Carolina-based NCI-designated cancer centers: Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“We are honored to be the presenting sponsor of the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer this year, a remarkable journey towards a world free from cancer,” said CBS 17’s Marc Morriston, Director of Marketing. “This extraordinary event symbolizes the V Foundation and broader cancer community’s relentless spirit and unwavering determination to conquer this devastating disease. We stand in awe of the riders, volunteers and survivors who come together, pedal by pedal, to create a profound impact on the fight against cancer.”
The V Foundation is grateful to this year’s partners for helping put on the ride and would like to thank CBS 17, Builders Mutual, the Town of Knightdale, PFM Asset Management, Hicks and Associates Wealth Management, 99.9 The Fan, Fox 8, WUNC, Chick-fil-A, City BBQ, Inside-Out Sports, Pepsi, Primal and Shady Rays. For more information on the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer presented by CBS 17, please visit thevictoryride.org. Follow the V Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @thevfoundation.
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. The V Foundation has funded over $310 million in game-changing cancer research grants nationwide through a competitive process strictly supervised by a world-class Scientific Advisory Committee. Because the V Foundation has an endowment to cover administrative expenses, 100% of direct donations is awarded to cancer research and programs. The V team is committed to accelerating Victory Over Cancer®. To learn more, visit v.org.
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Media Contact: Alex Giblin