High Road Cycling Hosts BellRinger Happy Hour


In a festive open-bar happy hour last night, High Road Cycling — the high-end cycling shop and cafe across from Chaia at 3210 Grace St. NW — hosted fresh-faced organizers, prospective cyclists, volunteers and fundraisers for the Oct. 22 BellRinger bike ride to raise money for Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. On the big screen, the Tour de France, naturally.

Milling about the sporty Rapha clothing accessories and water bottles and enjoying bread and cheese plates and drinks, were seen: Georgetown Main Street’s board chair, Melanie Hayes, and executive director, Rachel Shank, various members of The Georgetowner’s team — the News Cycles — and an assortment of folks curious to find out more about the big ride to raise funds for cancer research this fall.

Courtesy Alyssa Bielinski, BellRinger.Org.

 

Earlier this summer, Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center launched BellRinger, a bike ride and community movement to end cancer. Registration is now open for the very first 25, 50 and 100-mile fundraising rides on Saturday October 22.  

Over 1,000 riders (including local cancer survivors, cancer researchers and others united to end cancer) will raise more than $2 million. All funds raised will go toward lifesaving cancer research at Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Courtesy Alyssa Bielinski, BellRinger.Org.

“For more than 50 years, the team at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has dedicated their work to finding ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancers, to supporting survivors and their families, and to addressing health disparities in our Washington, D.C. community,” said John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University President. “With all of us coming together, BellRinger can deepen and transform our support of cancer research here at Georgetown.” 

Courtesy Alyssa Bielinski, BellRinger.Org.

Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute said that together with their partners at MedStar Health, community members and businesses, they are proud to launch BellRinger. They are also eager to announce their community’s goal to raise $15 million over the next five years to fund critical investments in lifesaving treatments. 

Riders can register at https://bellringer.org/. The ride will start at Georgetown University and wind into rural Maryland. Stay tuned for more events leading up to the big ride in October. 

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