INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Eight cancer survivors who were treated at Franciscan Health Cancer Center will soon be setting the pace for a good cause benefiting current and future patients.
They will join other survivors and participants at 24 Indianapolis, a 24-hour cycling and walking event at Butler University, on June 29-30. The event is hosted by the 24 Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. 24 Foundation uses non-competitive cycling and walking events as a vehicle to raise funds for cancer survivorship and treatment programs throughout the United States.
Part of the proceeds from 24 Indianapolis will benefit the Cancer Center's Moving Beyond program, which blends a unique and holistic approach, combining physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health components for survivors, loved ones and caregivers. Moving Beyond is a free 12-week program and offers ongoing classes throughout the year.
Led by breast cancer surgeon Erika Rager, MD; medical oncologist Meghana Raghavendra, MD; and other staff members, are sponsoring participation of their former patients. Dr. Rager, who directs survivorship programs at Franciscan Health Cancer Center.
The 24-hour event has two routes. Bicyclists will pedal a 2.7-mile course in the Butler-Tarkington area surrounding Butler University. Walkers will follow a 1.6-mile trek in an adjacent area.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, 24 Foundation has raised $21 million to date in support of cancer navigation and survivorship programs.
Assignment Desks/Reporters: To schedule interviews with participating patients and Drs. Rager and Raghavendra before the event, contact Joe Stuteville at (317) 528-7986 or Joe.Stuteville@franciscanalliance.org. The on-site media contact on during the event is Nanci Bonfield, (816) 215-8753.
24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, N.C. with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship including: Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children's Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center's Division of Pediatric Oncology, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Franciscan Health Cancer Center Indianapolis and LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation's signature fundraising platform is a 24-hour long charity non-competitive cycling and walking event – currently in Charlotte, North Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and Indianapolis, Indiana – that is safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling and walking abilities. Since 2002, more than 18,000 participants have raised $21 million, with an ultimate goal of providing cancer navigation and survivorship programs and services for all. For more information, call (704) 365-4417 or visit www.24foundation.org.
The 7th Annual 24 Indianapolis will be held at Butler University and the 2.7-mile loop runs through Butler Tarkington Neighborhood. The event hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers, who will raise funds for the IU Health Simon Cancer Center and Franciscan Health Cancer Center. For more information, to register, be a sponsor or volunteer, call (704) 365-4417 or visit www.24foundation.org.
By Joe Stuteville
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