Fred Hutch’s Obliteride breaks fundraising record raising nearly $3 million

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Obliteride is now the top charity bike ride in the Northwest

More than 2,000 Obliteride riders raised $2.8 million in 2017, more than any previous year, with every dollar going to lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Obliteride is now the largest and most successful charity bike ride in the Pacific Northwest.

“We are grateful to all our riders, sponsors, and volunteers for making this our best year yet. The combined generosity and community engagement is emblematic of how deeply people care about finding cures for cancer, faster,” said Kelly O’Brien, vice president of Philanthropy at Fred Hutch. “We’re committed to curing cancer by 2025, and these funds go straight to work in labs across campus.”

In five years, 6,271 Obliteride riders have raised $12 million for Fred Hutch and pedaled 401,585 miles. This year, Obliteride’s top individual fundraiser raised more than $102,000 and team LEWIS & FRIENDS CERCumvent Cancer has raised $1 million in five years.

Obliteride donations are accelerating research in many areas including prostate, lung and blood cancer research. They’ve also funded a revolutionary new way to diagnose chronic myeloid leukemia that is already saving lives.

A huge shout-out to our top 2017 fundraisers!

Top 2017 Individual Fundraisers:

  • Harvey Kanter: $102,296 (cancer survivor/chairman of Blue Nile)
  • Paula Reynolds: $52,165 (Fred Hutch board member)
  • Richard Kaplan: $23,050 (cancer survivor/Fred Hutch board of ambassadors)

Top 2017 Teams (and also top Corporate Teams):

  • Lewis & Friends CERCumvent Cancer: $142,655
  • Blue Nile: $132,972
  • Team Microsoft: $126,664

“Obliteride is bigger than a ride, bigger than a weekend, and certainly bigger than Seattle,” said Andrea Gomes Morrison, Obliteride director. “Discoveries made at Fred Hutch help people all over the world, and we invite everyone to come ride with us to help cure cancer faster.”

Fred Hutch’s Obliteride thanks founding sponsors University Village and Sloan Foundation for their support. They are joined by many generous sponsors who make it possible for Obliteride to offer fully supported rides, an entire weekend of entertainment, and delicious meals.

Obliteride 2018 will take place on August 10-12. Registration opens early next year. Learn more at

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