Local Survivors Ride to Support Lymphoma Research (Photos)

More than 300 cyclists rode 25 to 50 miles to raise funds for blood cancer research.

By: Melissa Romero

The Lymphoma Research Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to funding lymphoma research, hosted its sixth annual Lymphoma Research Ride on Sunday, September 30.

Currently, more than half a million people in the US live with lymphoma, which is the most common form of blood cancer and the second fastest rising cancer in the country.

Cyclists included Washingtonians and survivors such as Judy Warshof, 63, who raises $35,000 each year for the ride; Geoff Grubbs, who is undergoing treatment for a chronic form of leukemia; and Christine Cheson, whose husband, Dr. Bruce Cheson, is the head of hematology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Care Center at Georgetown University Hospital.

More than 300 riders cycled 25 or 50 miles through Montgomery County to raise money for lymphoma research. As of Sunday, they had raised $500,000, although donations continue to pour in.