Top: Agi Hirshberg (second from the right) with cyclists from UCLA. Bottom: Tour de Pier co-founders Lisa Manheim (left) and Heath Gregory (right) with Tyus Edney and fitness instructor Angela Bennett. Photos: Steve Gaffney
The 6th Annual Skechers Tour de Pier, held May 20, 2018 on The Strand overlooking the Manhattan Beach Pier, has once again broken previous records by raising $1.35 million for cancer research and services. Proceeds benefit three cancer charities, two of which provide significant support for cancer studies at UCLA: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and the Uncle Kory Foundation for brain cancer investigations.
“We are thrilled to share that together we raised $1.35 million, bringing our six-year total to more than $5.5 million,” said Hirshberg Foundation founder Agi Hirshberg. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who shared their time, talents, dedication and passion to make Tour de Pier 2018 one for the record books. An immense thank you to all those who cycled, volunteered, cheered and donated to our event.”
Sponsored in part by UCLA Health, the event featured approximately 2,000 stationary cyclists who rode for one-to-five hours individually or as part of a team. Lively music and fitness instructors kept riders motivated.
UCLA radiology staff members rode in shifts at the event as part of the UCLA Radiology Gold team. They were joined by Ric McGill, director of UCLA Radiology, for the UCLA Health partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers; Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael (FEL ’01), chair of the UCLA Department of Neurology and Frances Stark Chair in Neurology; Dr. Timothy Cloughesy (RES ’91, FEL ’92), director of the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program; Dr. David Nathanson (PhD ’11, FEL ’13), assistant professor of molecular and medical pharmacology; and Dr. Robert Prins (FEL ’02), associate professor in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery.
UCLA’s Joe Bruin mascot and the UCLA cheer squad helped motivate the crowd, while UCLA Basketball legend and former NBA player Tyus Edney rode on the main stage. The event also included a Health and Fitness Expo, with interactive booths, music and entertainment and samplings of healthy food and beverages.
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