Courage Ride, honoring the life of Seth Bailey, is an annual bike ride through rural Iowa. Courage Ride is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by sarcoma.
Members of the Courage Ride committee presented a check for $80,000 to the University of Iowa’s Sarcoma Research Program during a Nov. 1 ceremony at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Accepting the check were Dr. Ben Miller and Dr. Munir Tanas, the Center’s Sarcoma Program leaders.
The ceremony also included the presentation of a check for $13,631 from the 100+ Men Who Care—Hawkeye Chapter to Courage Ride. The donation played a part in helping Courage Ride fly past its goal of $60,000 by $20,000. Courage Ride 2016 also bested last year’s event by attracting 498 participants over last year’s 378.
All proceeds from each year’s Courage Ride go to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Research Program. Eighty-five percent of the program’s research funding comes from Courage Ride. To date, the $300,000 raised by Courage Ride has supported 22 sarcoma clinical trials and created the Midwest’s only sarcoma tissue bank.
The significance of Courage Ride is underscored by the fact that funding for cancer research has been shrinking over the past 10 years, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. And yet cancer remains one of the nation’s costliest diseases. Approximately 15,000 sarcoma cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and over 6,000 are expected to die from it. Over 100 adults and children in Iowa are diagnosed with sarcoma each year. Sarcoma receives 1 to 2 percent of all cancer research funding.