UCIPD participated in UCI’s first ever Anti-Cancer Challenge on Sunday, June 11 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. By raising money to fund lifesaving cancer research, the event is an opportunity to open doors for better treatments and more effective prevention strategies. The word “cancer” describes more than 100 different diseases and the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center combines world-class patient care with innovative research to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer in all its forms. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to fund cancer research and bring us ever closer to a world without cancer.
It was a cold, rainy morning when the UCIPD team arrived at the Angel Stadium parking lot on Sunday in anticipation of the 10 mile bike course. Despite the uncooperating weather, the team spirit was upbeat and positive against the backdrop of music and loud chatter from the hundreds of participants, which comprised of runners, walkers, and bikers. Excitement filled the air as the organizers hired a live band to accompany the food stations, department informational booths, photo stations, and even a live Spin class led by a certified instructor. No expenses appeared to be spared as they wanted to ensure that the inaugural event kicked off with a bang. Sheryl Crow performed the celebration concert on Saturday while the Monster motorcycle stunt team performed gravity defying tricks in front of cheering spectators. Rumor has it that the organizers want to start this event on the west coast with ambitious hopes of making it as big as the annual Boston Anti-Cancer Challenge which sees thousands of participants each year.
Given it is the inaugural event, there were a few hiccups along the way as the bike course was not properly marked which led the UCIPD team to ride a few more miles than expected in order to get back on track. Nevertheless, the team completed their 10 mile bike in good time and was able to enjoy a delicious lunch catered by The Habit Burger Grill. Overall, the event was a great team bonding experience while serving a good cause and Lt. Frisbee is already attempting to convince the team to do the 30 mile bike ride next year! Or 100?