Ride the Hidden and Forbidden Point Loma to Support Pancreatic Cancer Research
SAN DIEGO, Calfornia (September 12, 2023) — The Point Loma Rotary Club is hosting the 10th Annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Cycling Ride the Point for pancreatic cancer research on November 11, 2023. The ride starts and ends at Liberty Station and includes exclusive scenic routes throughout beautiful San Diego. This local all-volunteer event has raised over $350,000 for pancreatic cancer research at UCSD Moores Cancer Center.
Ride the Point has three distances to accommodate diverse levels of cycling experience. The 5-mile Family Fun Ride is a relatively flat course on bike paths along beautiful San Diego Bay and is perfect for cruisers, beginning riders, challenged athletes, and families. The 25 and Metric Century are street rides with exclusive routes and challenging climbs around scenic San Diego. The public is invited to the free healthy lifestyle expo at Oggi’s in Liberty Station from 9 am until 2 pm with local vendors, music, and refreshments. For more information on Ride the Point, visit www.RideThePoint.org or follow us on Facebook.
Namesake: Jim Krause was a long-time resident of Point Loma, an avid cyclist, and a past-president of the Point Loma Rotary Club. He died in 2012 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, leaving a legacy of service to the community. In his memory, the Point Loma Rotary Club hosts an annual Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bike Ride to support pancreatic cancer research. His many friends sponsor the ride to highlight the beautiful cycling areas around Point Loma and surrounding neighborhoods, promote a healthy lifestyle, and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. Proceeds from the event will stay in the local community to fund pancreatic cancer research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and other Point Loma Rotary civic projects.
Cause: Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. The overall 5-year survival for patients diagnosed with this disease is only 5.6 percent, and research over the past few decades has done little to improve these statistics. To address this need, a team of investigators at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is dedicated to the development and translation of new discoveries that will improve the outcome for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Beneficiary: UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S., and the only one in San Diego. This designation is reserved for centers with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education, and community contributions. Physician researchers at UC San Diego are dedicated to advancing our understanding of the causes and treatments for cancer and translating this knowledge to new treatments for patients. The compassionate care offered at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center impacts lives every day.
Proceeds: The Point Loma Rotary Club visits UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center annually to present the proceeds from the Jim Krause Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride the Point to the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center pancreatic cancer research team who supported Jim Krause during his treatment for pancreatic cancer. The ride has raised over $300,000 for basic research into effective treatments.