WARREN, NJ - Marking a decade of supporting research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Century for the Cure charity bike ride is gearing up for another successful year. Registration has opened for this year’s September 14 event, and organizers are hoping to raise $250,000 -- adding to the $1.2 million the ride has raised through the years.
Ride founder Scott Glickman knows from personal experience how important cancer research is, as he battled Stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma some 15 years ago. Having been successfully treated at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, he wanted to make resources available that would further unlock the mysteries of cancer. "Treatments I had were the result of research advances made in prior years, and the research being conducted today will result in the treatments of tomorrow," said Glickman. "In the past few years alone, my wife Aileen and I have seen firsthand that monies raised through the ride are having a positive impact on patients’ lives. We are proud that Century for the Cure continues to make a difference."
Century for the Cure in part supports innovative clinical trials led by Roger Strair, MD, PhD, chief of Hematologic Malignancies/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation at the Cancer Institute. Dr. Strair, who was Glickman’s oncologist, says such support is critical. "Funds from Century for the Cure have helped us conduct unique early-stage studies in leukemia, lymphomas and kidney cancer. We have been able to leverage that support to receive additional resources to take some of these trials to the next level. Thanks to the continued efforts of Scott and Aileen Glickman, we are able to further our research," noted Strair, who is also a professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. More recently, Century for the Cure has made it possible for grants to be awarded to scientific investigators to further explore varied blood cancers.
Century for the Cure sees more than a hundred riders, dozens of volunteers and numerous "virtual participants" – those who choose to support the event through online giving. New this year is the 62 mile ‘metric century’ ride, adding to the traditional 100-mile and 40-mile treks, which begin and end at Camp Riverbend in Warren Township.
To register for this year’s Century for the Cure or to learn how you can help, visit www.centuryforthecure.com.