Team Sarcoma Rides for the Cure at the U of MN Chainbreaker

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The Inaugural Chainbreaker Bike Ride for University of Minnesota Cancer Research is taking place in August and Rein in Sarcoma will be fielding “Team Sarcoma” a unique “peloton” to expand sarcoma cancer research at the University.

The Chainbreaker is a weekend cycling experience with the core purpose of funding cancer research. The inaugural Chainbreaker ride takes place August 11th-13th, 2017 and begins at the BlueCross BlueShield Campus in Eagan, MN.

 

Team Sarcoma will be a “peloton” or team riding in support of sarcoma cancer research at the U of MN. All of the funds raised by Team Sarcoma will be designated as a part of the 2018 sarcoma research funding of Rein in Sarcoma. Team Sarcoma riders and donors can also support any of the specific RIS Named Funds in honor of sarcoma survivors or in memory of a loved one lost to sarcoma; just send us an email specifying to which named fund you wish to direct your donation. See instructions below.

Active bikers, Christophe Lenglet and Tom Boardman are serving as co-captains of our “Team Sarcoma Peloton” and they hope dozens will be joining them in the weeks ahead. Each has very personal reasons for riding in support of RIS and sarcoma research.

Christophe Lenglet:

“Last year, we lost my sister-in-law Nicole Anderson to a rare form of sarcoma called leiomyosarcoma (LMS). She was only 29 but passed away after a nearly three-year battle against the disease. You can read about her story. About 1,200 people in the United States will be diagnosed with LMS this year. There is little data about sarcoma cancers and they are often misdiagnosed.

Team Sarcoma is raising funds for the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Every dollar will go toward the 2018 Rein in Sarcoma fund for sarcoma research so we can learn more about sarcomas to find treatments and a cure. Every dollar counts and you can contribute in many ways: You can come ride with us and raise money, you can donate to my ride, and you can spread the word about this unique opportunity to support groundbreaking research at the University of Minnesota.”

Tom Boardman commented:

“Given the diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma (a rare and very aggressive cancer) for my grandson Levi and my introduction to the wonderful Rein In Sarcoma organization I have elected this year to raise money for Sarcoma Research at the University of Minnesota.  The U has been doing some truly significant research on sarcomas and we want/need for that research to continue until they can find alternative treatment therapies, other than chemo.

I know all of you receive plenty of solicitations for worthy causes so I thank you in advance for considering this one.  I will accept any amount, large or small, as it will be going to a great cause and one that is quite personal to me but as I have discovered to many others across the country.  Far too many of these sarcomas go undiagnosed until it is too late, due to their rarity and the lack of education in the medical profession.  We all can do something about that as well as providing funds for research to find new treatment options.  Rein In Sarcoma exists for those purposes as well as providing patient and family support to those who are diagnosed with Sarcomas.” 

You can participate in two ways:

    1. Sign up to ride with Team Sarcoma with 25, 50, 100, or 180-mile ride options. All rides leave from the Blue Cross corporate offices in Eagan. See detailed route information.

      Friday, August 11th: Kickoff celebration
      Saturday, August 12th: Ride begins for all routes (25, 50, 100, and 180)
      Sunday, August 13th: Ride continues for 180-mile route

    2. Support the riders by making a tax-deductible donation. You can support either the entire Team Sarcoma Peloton or individual Team Sarcoma riders.

To learn more join us at the 2017 Party in the Park or visit the Chainbreaker website. You can also contact co-captains:  Christophe Lenglet or Tom Boardman, or RIS President Pete Wyckoff.