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The Million Dollar Bike Ride
May 7, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Orphan Disease Center invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual Philadelphia-based bicycle ride on Saturday, May 7 to raise $1 million for rare disease research.
The Million Dollar Bike Ride is the only cycling fundraiser to start and end in the city of Philadelphia, with the start/finish line at Highline Park (31st and Chestnut) on Penn's campus. There are 3 route options — 12, 33 and 73 miles. The ride starts at 7:30 a.m.
How it Works:
Disease Teams are formed to represent various rare diseases and are tasked with raising enough money to qualify for matching grants from the Orphan Disease Center, which are ultimately used to fund research. The ODC is securing philanthropic and corporate donations that will be used to match dollar-for-dollar money raised by the cycling participants. Following the event, an RFA will be broadly distributed to the international scientific community requesting pilot grant applications to study diseases for which the designated money has been raised. Scientific leadership of the ODC and its extramural advisors will review the applications and make awards to those of the highest scientific merit which address the specific topics outlined in the RFA. The ODC will disperse the money to grantees and manage progress of the science and spending on the award.