Most cancer fund-raisers take aim at one form of cancer, raising money for a specific cause.
This Saturday, a single event will raise money to support cancer services for people coping with 20 different types of the disease.
Participants in the 20 Colors/20 Bikes Indoor Cycling Fund-raiser will raise money to support Re: Cancer (Regarding Cancer), a non-profit organization that provides education, resources and support for those impacted by cancer.
“We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer, and the funds we raise help us to grow our resources and reach more people,” Diana Dobson, director of development and event coordinator at Re: Cancer, said in a press release.
This year’s event has changed a bit from years past. Local cycling instructors will host an hour-long group ride for each hour of the nine-hour event. Twenty cyclist slots are available during each session, and cyclists are encouraged to raise donations. The 20 colors each represent a different kind of cancer, and participants are encouraged to wear the color that represents the type of cancer for which they are riding.
Texas Oncology is the presenting sponsor of the event, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane. Prizes will be awarded to the individual who raises the most money and the individual who rides the most hours.
Money raised will be used to train volunteers in the peer-to-peer matching program, which matches a newly diagnosed cancer patient with a survivor of the same diagnosis and treatment. The clinics also offer caregiver to caregiver support to offer hope and encouragement. A portion of the proceeds from 20/20 will provide fleece blankets, knitted caps and pillows for patients going through chemotherapy.