Massive Increase for Canary Challenge, Raising over $800,000 for Cancer Early Detection

Released on: November 08, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Annual Palo Alto Cycling Event Draws Record Cyclists, Raises 60% over 2012 Results

PALO ALTO, CA, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The 2013 Canary Challenge shattered all previous fundraising and participation records, raising more than $800,000 to directly benefit Stanford Cancer Institute and Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. Cyclists from around the world gathered in Palo Alto for the annual California cycling event produced by Canary Foundation. The number of cyclists and the amount of funds raised grew 60 percent over 2012.

“We are thrilled with the results and the research that will be put into motion as a result of this fundraising,” says Ronica Sanders Smucker, Canary Foundation executive director. “The teams competed fiercely this year, helping to raise the bulk of the $800,000, and they had fun,” says Smucker.

On Saturday, September 28, 2013 more than 800 cyclists, 120 volunteers and family members of participants gathered at VMWare Village in Palo Alto to participate in the benefit cycling event. Cyclists rode more than 39,000 miles with 136 cyclists participating in the Century and others enjoying the 100-K, 75K, 50K and new 5K routes. For the 5K Canary Cruiser route, participants could walk, run or ride.

“I do a century or two every year,” says Thomas Goetz, former Wired executive editor turned healthcare entrepreneur. “The Canary Challenge put every other ride I have ever done to shame. The organization was top notch, the facilities flawless, the perks ample, and the food was outstanding! The Canary Challenge is the best bicycling event in Northern California. We'll be back next year with a whole company team.”

The Canary Challenge previous results raised funds for these studies, based at Stanford Cancer Institute unless otherwise noted:

  • Dr. Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, examines the effects of insomnia on bone marrow transplant recipients in an effort to improve survivorship and quality of life in these patients can effectively treat metastatic prostate cancer.
  • Dr. Zhen Cheng, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, uses PET probes to discern whether or not melanin can be used as a novel molecular target for early detection of liver cancer.
  • Dr. Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, conducts personal genomic analysis to monitor advanced solid tumors. This technique promises a non-invasive and cost effective way to improve early diagnosis; targeted treatment; and monitoring for recurrence of a variety of cancers.
  • Dr.  Esther M. John, PhD a Senior Research Scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, is studying hormone levels in young girls to identify early life factors relevant to breast cancer risks. The goal is to identify at-risk profiles and appropriate screening strategies to increase early diagnosis.

The Canary Challenge 2014 date is set for Saturday, September 27 and the event will again start and end in Palo Alto, California. “We couldn't be more pleased with the hard work of everyone who participated in the Canary Challenge,” says Beverly Mitchell, director of Stanford Cancer Institute. “We are thankful for the funding for vital programs in cancer research.”

The Canary Challenge is produced annually by Canary Foundation, a Palo Alto, California nonprofit organization dedicated to early cancer detection. The foundation funds research with the goal of identifying cancer early through blood tests and then isolating it with imaging. www.CanaryFoundation.org for more information.

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