Obliteride makes a difference.
This outstanding community is a powerful force for healing, action and fearless science at Fred Hutch. As we gathered worldwide for our second virtual season this year, your commitment closed the distance between us. Together, we honored our loved ones and funded breakthrough research to improve and save lives.
Thanks to you, Obliteride had a record-breaking season. More than 5,400 people from 40 countries, all 50 U.S. states and six continents rode their bikes, cooked, kayaked and more. They joined up with more than 9,800 donors and dozens of sponsors to raise more than $4.2 million for Fred Hutch, bringing our nine-year total to more than $36 million.
I know many of you have missed the high-fives as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted us to a virtual platform again this year. Yet I’m thrilled to see so many new participants choose activities they love and complete their goals!
On behalf of my team, and everyone at Fred Hutch, I am grateful to the participants, donors and sponsors who made this season possible.
Now, as we look forward to our 10th anniversary in 2022, we are more committed than ever to making Obliteride a welcoming and inclusive experience for everyone. Whether we high-five in person — or virtually — I can’t wait to join this amazing community once again. See you in 2022!
“I can't speak for everyone, but I think [at Amazon] we're all hungry to do more and really make a difference with important causes,” says Amazon’s Obliteride lead Shannon O’Fallon.
Thanks to her vision and leadership, Amazonians are united from Minneapolis to Singapore to honor their loved ones and support cancer research at Fred Hutch.
Federal funding pays only about 70% of the cost of doing research. We rely on Obliteride to help fuel the fearless science it takes to save lives.
Over the last nine years, the Fred Hutch Obliteride community has fueled more than $35 million in breakthrough research on cancer, HIV, COVID-19 and other diseases. Our goal? Prevention, treatments and cures for every person who needs them. We’re all in to save lives and cure cancer faster.
From first-year participants to nine-year veterans, Obliteride united people around the world in 2021.
Whether they joined to have fun, honor loved ones, be part of a company team, or for another reason, every participant made a difference.
From reading poems to walking, golfing, and more, Obliteriders went all-in for cancer cures in 2021. Here’s a look at the amazing things our community did this year.
Obliteriders everywhere are united to help end the suffering cancer causes. Whether they raised $1 or $10,000, their fundraising and support fuels breakthrough research at Fred Hutch.
Obliteride dollars directly support research to understand, prevent, and treat both common and understudied cancers; advance public health and health equity; make new discoveries in basic science; and advance immunotherapy and other treatment approaches. Cancers and diseases we study include:
From harnessing the immune system to overcoming health disparities and inequity, these fearless researchers are using Obliteride dollars to advance science and help improve and save lives.
Decoding how cells create proteins in order to understand how cancer evades the immune system — and more.
Researching how our gut microbiome affects health, from colorectal cancer risk to recovery from COVID-19.
Combining fact-based tools and research to make healthy eating part of cancer prevention and recovery through the Cook for Your Life program.
Reducing health disparities in cancers that affect women by studying the link between social factors and health.
Helping to improve treatments and create better and less invasive diagnostic tests for lung cancer.
Creating lab models to understand how pancreatic and liver cancer behave in humans and advance treatments.
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Reducing complications from bone marrow transplants to make this effective treatment safer.
Improving end-of-life care for cancer patients, with a focus on Hispanic and other communities.
Unlocking how our gut communicates with bacteria and microbes — and how gaps can lead to illness.
Investigating how factors in the places we live — from pollution to daylight — affect cancer risk.
Improving cancer care worldwide and adapting therapies for use in communities with few resources.
Aligning our expertise to create more effective, less invasive and more personalized treatments.
Expanding immune-based treatments to help more patients, with more kinds of cancer, as quickly and safely as possible.
Helping people stay healthier through research on exercise and diet, genetics, early precursors to disease and more.
Creating and harnessing groundbreaking new technologies and large data sets to improve patient care and outcomes.
Understanding the links between cancers, viruses and the microbes in our bodies to improve health.
Reducing disparities in prevention, screening and treatment while increasing inclusion in clinical trials and training scientists from underrepresented communities.
Obliteride 2021 had a powerful partner this year, as Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) became its first global sponsor. With support from champions Shannon O’Fallon and Jarmon Hauser, 185 Amazon teams around the globe joined up to have fun and raise more than $265,000 for Fred Hutch. Support from Amazon and AWS helped to dramatically expand Obliteride’s community and unite participants worldwide.
"The breadth and depth of Amazon and AWS support was more than we could have imagined. We are grateful for their reach, heart and dedication to lifesaving research at Fred Hutch," says Obliteride director Jim Birrell. "We can't wiat to continue this amazing partnership."
Thank you, Obliteride community. Your heart and dedication helped us break records and make a difference for lifesaving research at Fred Hutch. Save the date for our 10th anniversary on Saturday, August 13, 2022.