ThinkCure Joins the L.A. Acura Bike Tour

ThinkCure Joins the L.A. Acura Bike Tour

Gear up and make a difference for collaborative cancer research in Los Angeles

By Beth Duggan (Photo courtesy of ThinkCure)
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Ah, Memorial Day. Most people head for a vacation destination to relish the three-day weekend. But why not use that time for something more purposeful and closer to home?

ThinkCure, a community-based nonprofit that raises funds for collaborative cancer research, has invited any Angeleno who likes to ride a bike — even a beach cruiser! — to pedal in the Acura L.A. Bike Tour and help fund research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

The 22-mile ride begins at 5am near USC’s campus, and riders will enjoy a route without cars, buses, even a red light. The entry fee will be waived for all ThinkCure participants, and they’ll also receive a ThinkCure T-shirt, discounts at designated bike shops and entry into the VIP tent.

The goal is to sign up 500 riders, and participants are asked to raise a minimum of $200, so if you know 10 people with $20, or 20 people with $10, you’re ready to ride.

“With the economy the way it is, we didn’t want to ask people for an outrageous amount of money,” said Janet Clayton, president of ThinkCure. “Even a small amount makes a difference.”

And those suffering from baseball fever have a chance to score a suite seat to a Dodgers game by raising $1,500.

The L.A. Bike Tour has looped the city since 1995, and this is the second year that ThinkCure has been in existence. The “parents” of the organization are Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt, who endowed the charity as a gift to the city of Los Angeles. City of Hope and CHLA are currently the only hospitals partnered with the nonprofit, which, according to Ms. Clayton, puts them ahead of the game.

“Both City of Hope and CHLA are really stepping up to the plate, saying this is a worthwhile cause,” she said. “The two of them saw the value in creating a charity focused on cancer research right here in L.A.”

Ms. Clayton also emphasized the importance of funding collaborative projects for their ability to encourage people to talk to one another and work with each other to take more aggressive strides toward finding a cure for cancer.

“Say two or three researchers have a terrific idea. Many ways of funding them taking a long time to go through,” she said. “Our funding will be quick, innovative and collaborative. People donating their hard-earned dollars want to know it’ll be turned around in a timely manner.”

Plans for the future include giving out a grant this summer and hosting their own citywide bike ride next year.

For more information about ThinkCure, and to register for the L.A. Bike Tour, visit

Paper Trail: The Power of the Dollar
• $100 buys a new six-gene chip, which helps determine a
patient’s response to treatment
• $2,000 covers the cost of a specialized body scan
• $100,000 funds a clinical trial for a new cancer agent

Beth Duggan is the newest addition to the Working Nurse staff. She has worked in the trade publication and nonprofit industries in L.A. since uprooting herself from Missouri.

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