CHANHASSEN, Minn., June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ride for a Reason, the indoor cycling movement to help find a cure for childhood cancer and improve children's nutrition, has raised more than $750,000 during the second annual event hosted at more than 100 Life Time destinations across the country. Fundraising for the event remained open through May 22, allowing participants additional time to raise funds for two charity partners, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Life Time Foundation.
"We are amazed by the support our Ride for a Reason fundraisers have given to St. Jude," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Thanks to these supporters and partners like Life Time Fitness, St. Jude can continue the pioneering research and care that saves the lives of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases in communities everywhere."
Having reached a significant fundraising milestone in its second year event, Ride for a Reason continues to grow in popularity nationwide. Key statistics this year include:
More than 8,000 participants – including childhood cancer survivors, patients, doctors, family members, researchers and supporters.
More than 30 major markets throughout the country participated – growing Ride for a Reason's following throughout the country.
More than 875 teams were formed to ride during the four-hour cycling event.
More than $1 million dollars raised by nearly 10,000 participants in 2016 and 2017.
The third annual Ride for a Reason event is set to take place spring of 2018. Check your local Life Time location for specific details or visit www.lifetimeride.stjude.org to learn more about Ride for a Reason.
More about our partners: The Ride for a Reason community is dedicated to improving children's lives every day. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened its doors more than 50 years ago. Secondly, the Life Time Foundation, the public charity committed to improving children's nutrition by improving school meals, is on a mission to improve the health of America by starting with children's every day school meals.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Everything we do is centered on our mission: Finding cures. Saving children. And families never receive a bill from St. Jude. We pay for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing our knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, we're inspiring more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and, as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. We are working to drive the overall survival rate of childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer. Because most of our funding comes from individual supporters, we have the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. At St. Jude, we won't give up. We do everything possible to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting www.stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (www.facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).
About the Life Time® Foundation As a public charity created by Life Time® –Healthy Way of Life, the Life Time Foundation's mission is to help schools eliminate seven harmful ingredients from the food they serve so every child can receive the healthy food they deserve. The Life Time Foundation is focused on improving children's nutrition through education and the elimination of highly processed and artificial ingredients from school menus, ensuring every child has a healthy start in life. Unlike many other charitable organizations in which a portion of donations is consumed by administrative costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated to the Life Time Foundation directly supports its mission because all administrative costs are contributed by Life Time. For more information, visit www.ltffoundation.org.
About Life Time®, Healthy Way of Life Life Time® is a privately held, comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment Lifestyle Company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of June 2017, the company operates 126 centers in 27 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information is available at www.lifetimefitness.com.