24 Foundation celebrated 15 years with a record-breaking event. The 15th Annual 24 Foundation presented by Levine Cancer Institute has raised more than $1.67 million to date to help support cancer survivorship and patient navigation programs. Over $16 million has been raised since the event’s inception in 2002.
“Many thanks to our amazing community of riders, family members, spectators and neighbors for their participation, energy and excitement in coming together to fight as one against cancer,” said Mallory Walsh, executive director of 24 Foundation. “We also appreciate the continued support of Levine Cancer Institute, the Myers Park neighborhood, Myers Park Traditional School, Queens University of Charlotte and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Together, our community of supporters and participants is making a tremendous impact in supporting cancer survivorship and navigation programs locally and nationally.”
On July 29-30, 1,200 registered participants from 26 different states rode in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood along the famed “Booty Loop” to help put cancer in its place. When not riding, participants hung out in “Bootyville” (a.k.a. Myers Park Traditional School and Queens University of Charlotte) for camping, food and fun. The event also included entertainment and a Survivor Shindig breakfast.
The event was supported by more than 300 volunteers and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department representatives were stationed along the course at all times. Beneficiaries include: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, the Keep Pounding Fund, Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas, Hendrick Marrow Program, Wind River Cancer Retreats, GoJenGo Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Top fund-raiser award winners included:
- Top Team: LIBSTRONG/Drew’s Crew – $177,652
- Top Fundraiser: Josh Jones, LIBSTRONG – $50,375
- First Runner Up Individual Fundraiser: Matthew Tringali, Emmaline for the Win – $37,518
- Second Runner Up Individual Fundraiser: Lester Osborn – $20,058
- First Runner Up Fundraising Team: Team REEB – $124,357
- Second Runner Up Fundraising Team: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch – $73,784
- Rookie of the Year: Team Emmaline for the Win
- Highest fundraising average: Team AmWins with over $3,000 raised per person
- Top Kids’ Fundraiser: Jayde Walker, Team Allie Gator – $3,305
- First Runner Up Top Kids’ Fundraiser: Robert Ford, Jr., Team REEB – $2,116
- Second Runner Up Top Kid’s Fundraiser: Rob Lucchesi, Cotswold Cougars – $2,004