Providence, RI – LIFEcycle, Inc. a local non-profit with a sole purpose to raise money for local cancer research grants, concluded this past week by reaching a fundraising milestone of $500,000.
LIFEcycle, Inc. was founded in 2008 by Dani and Jacob Brier. Both were avid participants in charity races and rides, fundraising all different types of cancers, diseases, and causes. Realizing the money being raised right here in Rhode Island was not actually directly impacting or benefitting the local community, they decided to do something about it.
Dani and Jacob realized more of an impact could be made by guiding fundraising efforts to directly support cancer research and trials. What they didn’t realize was just how large of an impact could be made by them.
“Rhode Island is home. It’s where we’re raising our son. As engaged citizens, we understand the importance of philanthropy in attracting quality health care providers to our small state. Through LIFEcycle’s Ride ‘Round Rhody, we truly, genuinely want to advance local health care, and cancer is an all too common disease that affects nearly everyone everywhere; but especially so in Rhode Island. We primarily fund clinical trials to improve the quality of healthcare locally, today, with the added benefit of making a difference nationally as well as internationally” says co-founder, Jacob Brier.
The funds distributed to local hospitals, including the Lifespan Cancer Institute, provide a range of cancer services, including clinical trials, integrated and complimentary medicine and patient navigation services.
Three of those clinical trials have been replicated on a national and international scale.
“Since establishing Ride ‘Round Rhody, LIFEcycle has become an invaluable partner of our work and our ability to provide the highest level of cancer care available while breaking new ground through innovative research,” said Howard Safran, MD, Chief of Hematology/Oncology, Lifespan Cancer Institute. “On behalf of Lifespan and the patients and families we care for, words alone cannot express our gratitude to the organizers, riders and volunteers who come together to make this amazing event a success year-after-year.”
To date, over $500,000 has now been donated to LIFEcycle, Inc. Tipping the scale to reach half-a-million-dollars was a generous donation of $100 last Friday afternoon.
Hosting local events to raise money, such as bike rides through scenic south county, participants are asked to fundraise, with generous donations going towards helping fund cancer research in the state.
This month on July 16th, LIFEcycle, Inc. will host their 9th bike ride event, Ride ‘Round Rhody, to continue to raise money for cancer research. Although the event happens in July, participants are able to raise money up until September 1st.
To ride or donate to this event, go to http://www.lifecycleinc.org/
To volunteer, go to http://lifecycle.