To me, it’s not just a bike ride. It’s not just a fundraiser. It’s so much more. To me, the word Obliteride comes with about a million emotions. A million thoughts. A million goals and wishes.
This year, I set out to honor my dad, Jerry Jaffe, by forming a team in his name. I have three sons. At Obliteride 2014 my twins were days away from turning 8 years old. I was 8 years old when my dad was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1985. He was treated at Fred Hutch.
Obliteride was a huge success. At the wrap-up party on Wednesday evening, we celebrated, we listened, we learned, we thanked and we were inspired.
Guest Post by Matt Hays, Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lease Crutcher Lewis was ALL IN for Obliteride in 2014. It was a fantastic experience -- raising dollars for a great cause, socializing and volunteering with our peers outside the office, and great bike rides. Lewis partnered with Cancer Epidemiology Research Cooperative (CERC) at Fred Hutch plus Hornall Anderson as the "Lewis & Friends CERCumvent Cancer" team.
We know we’ve asked a lot, and you’ve all done A LOT already. But we don’t want to leave any money on the table. So we’re asking everyone to keep raising money until next Thursday, Sept. 30. Even if you’ve hit your fundraising goal, don’t let up now.
The Bellevue Collection and Vogue, with stylist Lawrence Zarian, invite you to an exclusive night of shopping at Intermix on Thursday, September 25. 10% of proceeds from this event will go to Obliteride.
Seeing a community come together to make a difference in the fight against cancer is incredibly inspiring and motivating. At Obliteride, participants ride together to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC or the Hutch) with all of the money raised staying in Seattle. The ride is symbolic of the hope in our community and the struggle and successes in the physical battle against cancer.
REFLECTIONS ON OBLITERIDE 2014
By Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director
For Obliteride 2014 we worked to bring together cause, cycling, community and celebration in a weekend that people would thoroughly enjoy and forever remember. And there were some moments when these four parts all came together.
SEATTLE, Aug. 5, 2014
gains momentum in its second year as cancer survivors, cyclists, researchers and others determined to end cancer ride this weekend to raise money for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
. In its inaugural year, Obliteride 2013 raised nearly $2 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. With the community’s help, organizers hope to collect even more in 2014.
Obliteride weekend is nearly here and we wanted to share stories of a few partners doing neat things with us.