The Ride presents over $400,000 to 2019 Ride Scholars

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Madison, Wis. –

Dr. Anjon Audhya, a professor of biomolecular chemistry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was awarded The Ride Scholarship on January 18, 2020 at the Wisconsin Hockey’s 4th Annual Face-off Against Cancer game for his exemplary discoveries in 2019. This award will help fund Dr. Audhya’s further studies of metastatic cancers at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Metastatic cancers, which are responsible for an estimated 90 percent of cancer deaths, occur when cancer cells move from the primary tumor to other parts of the body and form additional tumors. Proteins known as integrins play key roles in metastasis in various types of cancer. Understanding integrins and targeting their function could lead to new therapies.

Dr. Anjon Audhya and his team recently identified an integrin regulator. With funding from The Ride, they aim to define its mechanisms with the goal of developing it as a target for treating metastatic cancers.

The Ride was created in 2016 and has generated over $1.2 Million towards the University of Wisconsin’s cancer mission. The Ride delivers 100% of all rider-raised funds towards cancer initiatives made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.

Participants have the ability to register for any of the five routes (3-mile, 17-mile, 34-mile, 63-mile, 102-mile) which feature the same start and finish location. The 3-mile route, which caters to adults and children will be solely contained within the American Family Insurance campus and will not utilize any public roads. In addition, the new site location and layout will offer increased participant on-site amenities such as parking, registration, packet pick-up, food and post-ride programming and entertainment.

Visit TheRideWI.org to learn more about the cycling benefit and how it drives critical cancer research and treatment programs at the University of Wisconsin.