6th Annual Tour of Long Beach Raises $320,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital
2015-05-18 · By Editor
More than 3,000 cyclists of all skill levels came out for the 6th Annual Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 9, helping to raise $320,000 for pediatric cancer research at the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. Funds were raised from a combination of registration fees, online fundraising efforts and community sponsors.
Ben Alvarado, President, Wells Fargo Orange County Coastal Community Bank and Advisory Board Member for Miller Children’s, presented a $40,000 check from Wells Fargo to Jerry Finklestein, M.D., pediatric oncologist, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, Miller Children’s.
Funds raised help support research initiatives that improve outcomes for patients facing a cancer diagnosis, with an overall goal of increasing the survival rates for children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. JJCCC provides comprehensive, family centered care to children with cancer and serious blood disorders. The Center is known for its comprehensive psychosocial programs and multi-disciplinary approach to patient and family centered care. Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center improves outcomes, prevents complications and enhances the quality of life for children with cancer, and serious blood disorders, by integrating new clinical research efforts into treatment plans.
“The Tour of Long Beach is a major fundraising boost for our pediatric cancer research efforts,” says Amanda Termuhlen, M.D., medical director, Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, Miller Children’s. “Donations from the Tour of Long Beach support new, innovative treatments for our patients, crucial services for their families and clinical research. Future generations of children and families will continue to benefit from this event’s support and dedication.”
The Tour of Long Beach started early Saturday morning with the 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo course, which was designed and led by Tony Cruz, professional cyclist, 2000 U.S. Olympian and Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador. Wave after wave of cyclists lined up to start the 30-mile and 62-mile courses, which began in downtown Long Beach. Riders experienced Pacific Ocean views, inland bays and waterways, a bustling downtown strip, scenic parks and dozens of unique neighborhoods along the different routes. In addition, there was a free Family Fun Ride where riders of all ages enjoyed a 5-mile loop along the beautiful Long Beach waterfront.