Cycle for Survival – Funding Rare Cancer Research

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Cycle for Survival
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A graduate of Birkbeck, University of London’s computer science program, Keyvan Azami currently leads Bloomberg LP’s derivative trading technology and global development team. In his free time Keyvan Azami enjoys active physical pursuits and has supported annual Cycle for Survival events.

Cycle for Survival was co-founded by Jennifer and David Linn in 2007 as a means of raising money to support rare cancer research at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center. Teams of four raise funds and participate in annual Cycle for Survival events throughout the United States. Each participant is required to ride 50 minutes on a stationary bike and raise a minimum of $1,000.

After a modest first year in 2007 with just 230 cyclists and $250,000 raised for the MSK Cancer Center, Cycle for Survival has grown immensely in recent years; 13 cities held events in 2015, with 21,000 cyclists combining to raise $25 million. Hundreds of cyclists took over Times Square in September of 2016, kicking off the 10th anniversary of Cycle for Survival Rides. By the end of the year $30 million had been raised by participating riders, bringing the total the program has raised for cancer research to $117 million.

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