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This past Saturday, July 21 marked the fifth annual VeloSano “Bike to Cure” event, a fundraising initiative supporting lifesaving cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. VeloSano, Latin for "swift cure," is a cycling event each July for which riders commit to raise a pre-determined dollar amount to donate toward the fight against cancer. This year’s event was the fourth for our Team Wendy® riders.
Rather than wearing something off the rack, each year our team has designed our own cycling kit for the VeloSano ride. We always like to have fun with this, but our 2016 uniform was my personal favorite. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and my colleagues were kind enough to dedicate their 2016 ride to me; they rode in style in pink camo cycling kits in support of breast cancer research.
That they would do this in my honor, and in honor of everyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, touched me very personally. At Team Wendy, we really do care about saving lives – through the products we make and the work we do every day; and even deeper by fostering a corporate culture that encourages and enables individual team members to support and participate in events like VeloSano.
This year, we were inspired by American legend Evel Knievel with this red, white and blue kit. We particularly enjoy the eagle wearing an EXFIL® Ballistic and NODs. Voting for the 2018 VeloSano Jersey Design Contest is open through Thursday, July 26.
Team Wendy’s 2018 goal is to raise $25,000 in donations for VeloSano, which would bring our four-year total to more than $70,000. Visit our team page here.
VeloSano is unique from other charity organizations in that 100% of the dollars raised by participants supports Cleveland Clinic's cancer research. In its first four years, more than $12.5 million has been raised, which has funded 90-plus research projects, bridging the funding gap for researchers and physicians at the Cleveland Clinic to do live-saving work. To learn more about the good work being done by VeloSano and the Cleveland Clinic, or to participate or donate toward the cause, please visit www.velosano.org.
By Pam Pirogowicz
Marketing & Tradeshow Specialist