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Category: Health Magazine, Summer 2023

Title:Reaching the BellRinger finish line

Author: Gabrielle Barone
Date Published: June 20, 2023

Every avid bicyclist knows how to travel a bumpy road. When faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the planning committee for BellRinger’s Inaugural Ride didn’t let their idea crash. “It was slow going at first… but momentum built over time,” recalls Louis M. Weiner, director of Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute.

By the time of the pre-launch festivities in October 2022, “I could feel the ‘buzz’ all around me,” Weiner added—and by the day of the BellRinger Ride, it “had transformed into a roar.”

The inaugural Ride included 851 in-person Riders, 133 Virtual Riders, and 268 volunteers. Riders embarked from Georgetown on 25-, 50-, and 100-mile routes taking them up through scenic Maryland. Together they raised $1.45 million for the important research and care taking place at Georgetown Lombardi. BellRinger is back for year two on Oct. 21, 2023.

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