What drives this cycling novice to train for Obliteride?
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center president and director, Dr. Larry Corey, hopes others will see the inaugural Obliteride as a chance for people of all ages and biking ability to connect with and help sustain the ‘great cancer research center in their community.’
Dr. Corey didn’t learn to ride a bike until he was 30, but don’t be surprised when you see him pedaling around his Mercer Island neighborhood during the early morning hours.
Dr. Corey is training for Obliteride to help accelerate Fred Hutch’s fight to end cancer. His involvement shows that riders from a wide range of experience and age levels can participate.
“If you wanted to pick the one sport I am not good at, it’s cycling. But you know what? I’m out there learning,” said Dr. Corey.
Dr. Corey is taking the ride seriously. He is working with a bike coach, riding with his wife and has even embraced one of the more noteworthy aspects of cycling culture. “I’ve never worn spandex before in my life,” he said with a laugh.
How Obliteride Personifies Fred Hutch
Obliteride is rallying the community to embrace an active lifestyle, advocate for wellness and most importantly, support cancer research. For Dr. Corey, Obliteride personifies Fred Hutch, which was founded in 1975 to pioneered bone marrow transplantation in an effort to treat two blood cancers: leukemia and lymphoma. More than 1 million transplants have now been done around the world, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.
Obliteride promises to not only raise funds and establish a direct connection between Fred Hutch and the community, but also give people an opportunity to communicate what they feel is important in cancer research. “It’s a two-way street,” Dr. Corey said.
Dr. Corey said it is important for people to understand that if they want a great cancer research center in their community, they must help sustain it.
Currently, Dr. Corey is committed to the 50-mile ride, one of four distances riders can choose for Obliteride. But, he is working toward the longest option of 180 miles, so don’t be surprised if he goes from cycling novice to cycling enthusiast by August.
You too can register for the Aug. 10-11 Obliteride and support lifesaving research at Fred Hutch.