University of Chicago Medicine Holds First Bike Tour and Fundraiser

Franciscan-University-of-Chicago-Bike-RacePhysicians from the University of Chicago Medicine are cycling nearly 100 miles over two days to raise money for urologic cancer and awareness about urologic diseases. The group will depart from Benton Harbor on Oct. 9 at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET, arriving at Memorial Regional Cancer Center in South Bend around 3 p.m. ET. The ride continues Oct. 10, when cyclists leave South Bend at 8 a.m. ET, arriving at Franciscan Woodlawn Cancer Center in Michigan City around 11:30 a.m. CT for lunch. After that, the group expects to finish their journey when they arrive at Cancer Health Treatment Center of Valparaiso at 3 p.m. CT.

In addition to boosting awareness about urologic diseases, as well as and the importance of early detection and testing, the cyclists hope to raise money to help the Fritz Duda Foundation increase its endowment to $1.5 million.

Media is welcome to accompany the riders along their route or interview them at their scheduled stops.

The University of Chicago Medicine Urologic Cancer Program is an internationally recognized program with multidisciplinary cancer experts known for their expertise in the treatment of prostate, kidney, bladder, pediatric and other urologic cancers.

About the University of Chicago Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine and its Comer Children’s Hospital rank among the best in the country, most notably for cancer treatment, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of the nation’s hospitals. The University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine has been named one of the Top 10 medical schools in the nation, by U.S. News’ "Best Graduate Schools" survey. University of Chicago physician-scientists performed the first organ transplant and the first bone marrow transplant in animal models, the first successful living-donor liver transplant, the first hormone therapy for cancer and the first successful application of cancer chemotherapy. Its researchers discovered REM sleep and were the first to describe several of the sleep stages. Twelve of the Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the University of Chicago Medicine.

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