UW-Madison: The Ride funds $150,000 in cancer research at Carbone Cancer Center

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Grants will be awarded during Saturday’s Badger hockey game

MADISON, Wis. – On a beautiful September Sunday, more than 800 bicyclists pedaled the roads of eastern Dane County on The Ride to raise money for cancer research.

This weekend, their fundraising comes home to support cancer research at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. The inaugural Ride will award $150,000 in research money to six Ride researchers and scholars during the Badger hockey game Saturday night.

“The Ride was created as a way for the community to support that most promising cancer research at the University of Wisconsin, and to move the most promising laboratory discoveries into treatments and cures,’’ says Dr. Deric Wheeler, director of The Ride and associate professor of human oncology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Wheeler notes that 100 percent of money raised by riders, as well as profits from gear and registration fees, returned directly back to fund UW cancer research. While pleased with the first year total, he expects the event to grow significantly when riders again take to the roads again on Sept. 17 for the second edition of The Ride. For more on the research projects and details on the 2017 event, please see The Ride.

The ceremony will take place Saturday Jan. 7 during the first intermission of the Wisconsin Badgers versus Michigan State Spartans hockey game. The game begins at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. Media wishing to cover the award ceremony can obtain credentials from Paul Capobianco, assistant direct of athletic communications, cell: 608-219-6278 or phc@athletics.wisc.edu.