Uphill Battle Against Cancer Receives Boost from Annual Charity Cycling Event
New Brunswick, N.J.– Cycling enthusiasts and volunteers are being called upon to make a difference in the fight against cancer, during the sixth-annual Century for the Cure bicycle ride to benefit research at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ). CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Registration is now open for the one-day event, which takes place this year on September 11th at Camp Riverbend in Warren Township. Cyclists can choose the 100-mile or 40-mile route, as they pedal through the scenic back roads of central New Jersey. New this year is the option to register as a “virtual rider.” Virtual riders can collect donations and show their support without physically taking part in the ride. Participants, virtual riders and volunteers can register online at www.centuryforthecure.com.
Century for the Cure grew out of a passion for cycling held by Warren Township resident Scott Glickman, who was treated at CINJ for stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma more than a decade ago. As a way of “giving back” to CINJ, Glickman gathered together a few friends and began the annual event in 2005. That handful of friends has grown into more than 100 riders over the past few years, and event organizers are confident that number will continue to grow. Since the ride’s inception, more than $425,000 has been raised for cutting-edge research at CINJ.
“Whether one is taking part in the ride itself, supporting a rider online, or even helping out at the finish line, Century for the Cure provides numerous opportunities to make a significant impact in the fight against cancer,” Glickman stated. “Monies raised over the past five years have supported ground-breaking research at CINJ -- projects which have now advanced to life-saving therapies, thanks to the generous support of all of those who take part.”
In particular, a portion of the funds raised will continue to support the work of Roger Strair, MD, PhD, director of CINJ’s Hematologic Malignancies Program and professor of medicine, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, who was Glickman’s oncologist during his treatment at CINJ. “Scott’s continued commitment to Century for the Cure is helping CINJ’s physician-scientists to develop the next generation of cancer therapies. We are grateful for his continued dedication to the event,” said Dr. Strair.
This year’s ride is sponsored by Capital One Bank, Whole Foods, Benefit Sources and Solutions, Powerade and High Gear Cyclery.
About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org) is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit www.cinjfoundation.org. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides a mechanism to rapidly disseminate important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, Cooper University Hospital and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate