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Because of your support, Courage Ride had another big year, attracting over 500 bike riders and volunteers. Together, we donated $70,000 to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Cancer Research Program.

The 15th annual Courage Ride bike ride will be bigger and better than ever. This year riders will roll out from a new location at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City, Saturday, August 17, 2019. We expect to see ride growth by moving the ride start/finish line into Iowa City. 

I am writing to ask you to once again support this important endeavor by participating in one of our many sponsorship or donation opportunities.

Courage Ride is an annual bike honoring the life of Seth Bailey, a courageous young man who died at age 25 from sarcoma cancer in 2003. His parents Jackie and Tom Bailey of Riverside, Iowa started the event in 2005. The event offers multiple route options for bike riders of all levels and includes rest stops, SAG support, food, live entertainment and free skin cancer screenings by UIHC dermatologists.

Over the past 14 years, Courage Ride has donated $510,000 for local sarcoma cancer research—having a major impact on the lives of cancer patients and families who benefit from the research. This is especially true for people living in Iowa. Because sarcoma is so rare, most Iowa sarcoma cases are treated at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The proceeds from Courage Ride make up 85% of all sarcoma seed grant funding at the university. Since 2005 those dollars have seeded numerous sarcoma research grants and support one of the largest sarcoma tissue banks in the Midwest.

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 (AACR). And yet cancer remains one of the nation’s costliest diseases. Sarcoma receives 1 to 2 percent of all cancer research funding. Courage Ride fundraising goal for 2019 is $70,000.

Please join us again along with other corridor business sponsors and help make a difference by supporting this life-changing event. Our sponsorship levels offer multiple exposure opportunities for your organization. Another way to participate is to donate goods and services to support our silent auction and rest stops.