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Cycle for the Cure raises cancer research funds for TGen

Sept. 30 rides at three exclusive clubs aim to cure breast and ovarian cancer

September 19, 2012

Dozens of indoor bike riders, or spinners, are raising funds for breast and ovarian cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) through the 2nd annual Cycle for the Cure.

Nearly 130 cyclists are expected to participate in the 2-hour, heart-pumping event from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 30 at three Phoenix-area locations.

To donate, or to register to ride, please call the TGen Foundation at 602-343-8411, or go to events.tgen.org and click on Cycle for the Cure. Registration is $200 to ride during the event at any of these exclusive clubs (club membership not required):

  • Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club, 4444 E. Camelback Road. More information: 602-840-6412 or www.villageclubs.com/locations/camelback/.
  • Gainey Village Health Club & Spa, 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Road. More information: 480-609-6979 or www.villageclubs.com/locations/gainey-village/.
  • Studio 360, 3627 E. Indian School Road, Suite 102. More information: 602-955-9885 or www.studio360spinning.com.

Immediately after cycling, a Post-Ride Party is planned starting at 5 p.m. at the Camelback Village Racquet & Health Club. The party will feature food prepared by Black Chile Mexican Grill, plus cool refreshments, beer and wine. The party is free for riders, and $20 for guests.

While there have been advances in women's health in recent years, one in three American women will be diagnosed with cancer.

"Because each woman's tumor can be different, there is a need to best predict how each patient might respond to treatments. Fortunately, data generated through TGen's genomic research has shed significant light on tumor cell complexity, helping inform oncologists about how to determine the best therapies," said Vicki Vaughn, who is co-chairing Cycle for the Cure with Robyn DeBell.

"By joining us, you're participating in a movement with others who are passionately dedicated to ending breast and ovarian cancer," DeBell said. "As you spin with others, you'll be inspired and energized by this shared mission."

Vaughn and Denise Shorall, owner of Studio 360, will discuss Cycle for the Cure on the program Arizona Midday at 1 p.m. (Arizona time) Sept. 21 on KPNX-TV (Channel 12).

Breast cancer remains the most common type of cancer among women in the U.S., with an incidence rate nearly twice that of lung cancer. Though treatments have improved, nearly 40,000 American women will die this year from breast cancer.

TGen is dedicated to finding new and better cancer treatments, focusing on personalized medicine that targets each cancer's genetic vulnerabilities while minimizing harmful side effects.

TGen's Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Unit seeks to unravel the complex nature of cancer, aiming for new methods of prevention, early diagnosis, and groundbreaking therapeutics. Data generated through TGen's leading-edge genomic research can help oncologists pinpoint the potential causes of individual tumors, and shed light on the best treatments for each patient.

Learn more about TGen's research, and how you can help, by visiting www.helptgen.org.

About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. Research at TGen is focused on helping patients with diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. TGen is on the cutting edge of translational research where investigators are able to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen believes it can make a substantial contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org.

Press Contact:
Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
[email protected]


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