Cycling class raises thousands of dollars for cancer research

Most everyone either knows someone who has had cancer, or has experienced it personally.

Nearly 150 people gathered at the village health clubs and spas across the valley made a difference on Sunday.

A cycling class at Gainey Village Health Club was completely filled with people determined to cure cancer.

"Everybody in there is riding for someone and I'm reminded we are all touched by cancer," said Erin Massey, Vice President of Development for Cancer Programs at TGEN, which stands for Translational Genomics Research Institute. It's the cancer research organization everyone raised money for.

"I'm proud to receive the funding and have our community get behind something like this," said Massey.

Around $175,000 was raised, all of which will go toward cancer research.

"This funding is critical and all the work that TGEN scientists do is patient-focused not basic research, so the end goal is to help the patient," said Massey.

Stacey Roswell was once a patient. She's now a survivor of breast cancer.

"Most the women in my immediate family have had cancer and have survived it," said Roswell.
    
She raised $6,000.

"To help TGEN an amazing organization, find the right cure for the right person at the right time," said Roswell.

Her niece also helped donate, and came all the way from Boston to ride with her aunt in the event.

All riders were working it for a full two hours; a post-ride party was held afterward.

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