BellRinger Bike Ride Announcement Concludes ‘Five Days with Lombardi’
Posted in Lombardi Stories | Tagged 50th Anniversary, cancer research, philanthropy
(October 9, 2020) — As part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary during the week of Oct. 5-9, Georgetown Lombardi rolled out plans to hold the inaugural BellRinger Bike Ride in September 2021.
“BellRinger will be a cycling event that brings together dedicated individuals and teams focused on ending cancer,” said Louis Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi. “BellRinger celebrates hope and strength in the fight against cancer, and engages the power of many in a cure.”
“This is not your average community bike ride,” Weiner added. “BellRinger will be an experience you won’t forget.”
The announcement came at the end of “Five Days with Lombardi,” the cancer center’s first major virtual fundraiser. Events including panel discussions, a virtual auction, book talk, cooking class and poetry cafe raised over $500,000.
“For five decades, Georgetown Lombardi has combined innovative research and clinical care to provide lifesaving treatments for cancer patients, compassionate support for survivors and their families, and has made invaluable contributions to addressing disparities,” said John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University president.
Obtaining and maintaining the NCI-designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, establishing the Ourisman Center for Advanced Breast Imaging and the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, contributing to HPV vaccine research, instituting the Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Research, and launching the NCI-approved consortium with the John Theurer Cancer Center are among the many achievements made by Georgetown Lombardi over the last 50 years.
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Georgetown Lombardi, I reflect upon the people and partnerships that make our work possible,” Weiner said. “I am so grateful for the support of this community — support that animates our mission, and brings us closer to a cure for cancer every day.”
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