Cycle for the Cure raises record amount for cancer research at TGen

More than 200 indoor cyclists at four gyms help raise more than $152,000

SCOTTSDALE AND PHOENIX, Ariz. - May 28, 2014 - Spurred by dynamic music and motivational instructors, more than 200 indoor cyclists at all the Village Health Clubs and Studio 360 helped raise more than $152,500 for cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The 4th annual Cycle for the Cure - a heart-pumping, 2-hour cycling fundraiser - sold out bike slots at all locations for a record-breaking year.

"This year'sCycle for the Curefar exceeded our expectations. The fun and the enthusiasm with the event were contagious.Now, more and more people are aware of how TGen benefits cancer patients," said event Co-Chairs Robyn DeBell and Vicki Vaughn."We most sincerely thank the club management, the instructors and committee members donating their time to this event which further allows the scientific breakthroughs being made at TGen."

The $125,000 goal of this year's Cycle for the Cure was exceeded by more than 20 percent. The success of this year's event was celebrated May 4 at the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club with a Post-Ride Party with the Nate Nathan Band.


Donations poured in from across the nation and around the world. For those not up to a 2-hour ride, there were opportunities for team riding, virtual riding, and volunteering to help support the important work at TGen.

TGen's focus on developing and delivering precision medicine enables physicians to deliver care more effectively and efficiently. Using genomic sequencing, TGen helps doctors match the appropriate therapy to each patient's DNA profile, producing the greatest patient benefit.

"The incredible success of theCycle for the Cureevent can be traced to this group of visionary community leaders and businesses who want to help TGenfind better ways to treat and accurately diagnose cancer," said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff. "The energy generated by these extraordinary community volunteers is just remarkable, and we sincerely appreciate their energy, enthusiasm and generous financial support."

All of the funds generated by Cycle for the Cure support cancer research at TGen, and most of the patients who benefit from TGen's research are Arizonans.

The TGen Foundation already has plans for the 5th annual Cycle for the Cure. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 3, 2015.

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About TGen

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org.



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