8th Annual Lymphoma Research Ride Raises Nearly $450,000 to Support the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Mission

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Hundreds Participate in the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Annual Non-competitive Bike Ride to Raise Awareness and Support for Lymphoma Patients and Survivors

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The Lymphoma Research Foundation, (LRF), the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through educational programs, outreach initiatives and patient services, announced today that its annual Lymphoma Research Ride raised nearly $450,000 for the Foundation bringing a total $3.5 million raised since the Ride’s inception in 2007. More than 330 participated in the ride through Montgomery County on Sunday, September 28th, 2014.

The Lymphoma Research Ride is a non-competitive bike ride in which participants can chose from 25, 40 or 50 mile route options that reflect all skill levels. All funds raised during the Ride support the Foundation’s mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those who have been affected by the disease. The top five fundraising teams this year were Team Taverna, Cheson Riders, Team Assuncao, Team W, and Flaming Marmots.

“The Lymphoma Research Ride continues to be one of the Foundation’s top fundraising events of the year,” said Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. “This event is critical for raising funds for innovative research programs, as well as supporting the educational programs and services we provide to those touched by the disease. We are beyond thankful to the event’s passionate organizers including founders Dr. Bruce and Christine Cheson and the rest of the volunteer Ride committee who put their heart and soul into making the event a tremendous success each year.”

Among this year’s top fundraisers was Dr. Bruce Cheson, the Founder of the Lymphoma Research Ride. Dr. Cheson, Deputy Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology and Head of Hematology at Lombardi Comprehensive Care at Georgetown University, founded the ride in 2007 alongside his wife Christine Cheson. He was inspired to create the Ride as way to give back to his patients and medical community in addition to supporting research and spreading awareness about the disease. Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer that affects nearly one million Americans with 80,000 new diagnoses each year.

“With more than $3 million raised to-date, the Lymphoma Research Ride is truly changing lives,” said Dr. Cheson. ““As the event grows each year, we are able to help more individuals and their loved ones, not only in our DC community but nationwide, who have been affected by lymphoma. We’re humbled and inspired by the enthusiasm and the continued strength of riders, volunteers and supporters, and truly feel we are on our way to finding a cure for this disease.”

To learn more about the Research Ride and to support lymphoma research, visit lymphoma.org/ride2014.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation:
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $55 million in lymphoma-specific research.

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