Remember a month or so back they shut down part of Gas Works for the kick-off party for The Obliteride, a fundraising event to fight cancer?
Here’s the word on how it turned out:
The inaugural Obliteride was a huge success. In its first year, Obliteride raised more money for a local organization than any other bicycling fundraiser in the Northwest. The inaugural ride raised $1.9 million that will go directly to lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
“We are so impressed with how our community rallied around Obliteride and its commitment to raising money to accelerate lifesaving research at Fred Hutch,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We set out to do something big our first year and people wowed us by donating $1.9 million to Fred Hutch.”
More than 1,600 people participated in the August event, including riders, volunteers and virtual riders. “It was a magical weekend that we hope even more people will get to experience next year,” Lavin said.
Obliteride’s funds will be put to use in the areas of highest need to fund the most promising research at Fred Hutch. Some of the funds will be used for accelerating research in immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects and less toxicity. Funds will also support prostate cancer and pediatric brain cancer research.