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VeloSano 'Bike to cure' ride brings in millions of dollars for cancer research

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 23:16:53-04

CLEVELAND — The VeloSano ride for the cure is bringing in millions of dollars through the community fundraiser for cancer research.

Since its inception six years ago, more than $17 million has been raised by the cycling event, with every dollar going back into the community for cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic.

“A lot of this money comes in and allows us to do innovative things that eventually end up in patients faster," said Cleveland Clinic cancer researcher Justin Lathia.

Despite the heat wave passing through Northeast Ohio, Lathia said the reward is worth the sweat.

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“To be able to engage with the community around a common goal, for us, is really motivating. It doesn’t matter how hot it is. We’ll keep drinking water and we’ll definitely get through it,” Lathia said.

Sandy Avis, who is riding in the event, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer several years ago. Living in Michigan, she comes to the Cleveland Clinic for treatment.

“The research that’s being done is directly helping me stay alive," Avis said.

The ride kicks off at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and continues through Sunday. People can choose between a 25 to 100 miles per day, with the option of riding on a stationary bike, too.