Fred Hutch’s Obliteride Sets New Fundraising Record

Fred Hutch’s Obliteride Sets New Fundraising Record
The bike ride to obliterate cancer raises $2.65 million for local cancer research
SEATTLE, Oct. 29, 2015 – Fred Hutch’s Obliteride climbs to a record $2.65 million in its third year, bringing in more money for a nonprofit organization than any other bike ride in the Pacific Northwest. To date, Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The Obliteride spirit can happen anywhere and anytime

For most of us Obliteriders, we gather to pedal together on the same date, at the same time and on the same route.  For some, it’s not always possible to be in Seattle or have the availability to ride with us on Obliteride weekend.  Dr. Stephen Polyak, a University of Washington Research Professor, was committed to riding Obliteride on August 9, 2015 until his plans were changed due to his ailing mother.  What did he do?  He went to his mother’s side and completed his Obliteride – in September.  Below Stephen expresses why Obliteride was so important to him and how he finished what he set out to do. 

Special thanks to Washington Research Foundation

While the ride is over, our community of cancer fighting warriors remains relentless in our mission to raise as much money as possible for cancer research at Fred Hutch. One of our generous partners, the Washington Research Foundation, recently challenged our community to raise another $10,000. Our riders met that goal and Washington Research Foundation generously matched the donations. Together we raised another $10,000 in a matter of days, which turned into $20,000 total.

Recap and Thank Your Donors

One of the most important things to do after Obliteride is thank your donors.  Teresa Lawson, team captain for Team Odds & Ends, sent an email with photos, highlights and big thanks.  This is a great example to use when you begin crafting your thank you notes.

Fred Hutch's Obliteride spins through Western Washington this weekend

SEATTLE, Aug. 5, 2015 – Obliteride riders will cycle through dozens of local communities on Aug. 8 and 9, 2015, raising critical funds to help Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.

“We’re urging people to come join the fun and cheer us on,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, come ride with us! There’s still time to sign up.” People interested in participating can still sign up to ride or donate at Obliteride.org.

Obliteride 2015 - Bringing it home to Fred Hutch

Standing at the Start Line at Fred Hutch felt just right—the chute filled with people ‘propelling’ science forward at the very place the science happens. Add the stories we heard from our survivors, bone marrow donors, transplant recipients, family members and mighty 4th grader Ian, and we had all the inspiration we needed to ride over 60,000 miles this past weekend.

Removing the awkward in fundraising

First week of training done. One success, one … “better luck next time.”

The farther you live from Seattle, the more the cyclist-friendly roads begin to disappear. Luckily, our home is near the Interurban Trail. The trail follows the route used by the former Interurban Trolley that ran between Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and Everett in the early 20th century until being abandoned in 1939.

Riding Obliteride is "kind of a no-brainer"

“My wife is my hero,” says Kevin Reinkensmeyer. “After seeing what she went through with the surgery and recovery. The whole process was really hard on her and her body – and still is.”

He’s referring to Joanne Reinkensmeyer’s decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation which dramatically raises her risk of cancer. She was tested for the inherited gene after her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. To reduce her risk even further, she’s planning on having a hysterectomy as well.

Proud to be a Survivor

Chris Nichols celebrated the tenth anniversary of his final cancer treatment this past April.  The Tacoma man was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when he was 28 years old, while working as an Army nurse at Joint-Base Lewis McChord.  He received his initial care at Madigan Army Medical Center and ultimately underwent radiation treatment and an autologous stem cell transplant through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.