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Ride to Conquer Cancer - Fundraising Tips

What would happen if we all came together on one day to make an incredible show of support for our loved ones who have been touched by cancer? Let's find out!

Epic Impact Day is today. One day with one very realistic goal: helping every rider in the Philadelphia Ride to Conquer Cancer® get at least one donation.

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Epic Impact Day Chat

To help every rider raise as much as they can for Epic Impact Day, the Philadelphia Ride to Conquer Cancer will host a social media fundraising chat today at 12 pm EST. Join us, to ask all your fundraising questions and be inspired by the efforts of our riders.

Just head to the Ride to Conquer Cancer Facebook page, or use #RTCCPA on Twitter to participate.

Tips for Fundraising

Think of the people you can ask, who won't say no: family, friends, co-workers. Get that first donation to start momentum. You can do it! The sooner you get started, the easier it will be to reach beyond $2,500.

Write down the names of all of the people in your life: family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, family doctor, auto mechanic... don't leave anyone out. You know a lot of people.

After registering, you'll receive a simple email template from us. You can use or adjust that language to your liking, then forward it to all of your contacts. They can click on a link in the email, taking them straight to your donation page, where they can give as much as they feel comfortable. Even better, personalize an email with the story about why you are committed to The Ride. Inspire your donors to support you.

Say thanks
Follow up with a phone call to everyone you emailed after a week to secure a donation, if they haven't already donated online. Let them know their donation is appreciated—their generosity and your kindness helps extend the spirit and hope of this event.

You can also log in to your personal page online, where you will find emails already written, to send as follow ups and thank you's.

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Expand Your Giving Circle
Reach people you've never met. Have everyone you email forward your donation request to their friends and family.

Use social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share your journey and encourage others to support you.

Have family and friends distribute donation forms for you and talk to their contacts about supporting your Ride.

Ask for Corporate Support
Ask your workplace to support your epic journey.

Ask management if your company will contribute to your Ride either through a donation or even donation matching. Don't be afraid to ask big.

If co-workers express an interest in The Ride, form a corporate team with your company's support. Everyone will raise more money, and it's excellent for boosting camaraderie.

Customize Your Personal Page
Your Personal Page is an easy way to share why you've made the decision to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

  • Post your photo, tell your story, update your fundraising goal, request donations, and keep track of your fundraising progress.
  • Link to your Personal Page in emails and on social media

Riders who customize their pages raise on average 22% more those who don't

Set Your Goals High
Though the minimum fundraising requirement is $2,500, the average participant raises more than $3,000. How much more can you raise?

Need one more good reason: there are incentives for fundraising, team-building, and other challenges. Remember, you are asking for money to help provide critical cancer research and your impact will be seen and felt.

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The Ride to Conquer Cancer®

Join Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) on October 11 to 12, 2014 in the Ride to Conquer Cancer© (RTCC). For most riders, 150* miles over 2 days will be physically challenging. But all will find it to be a weekend that is incredibly rewarding — a chance to truly change the course of cancer research, riding side by side with our physicians, patients, and families, to raise serious funds and awareness in the ACC's fight to cure cancer. The ride isn't just for cyclists, it's for anyone who wants to see a cure for cancer. *exact route distance may vary by up to 30 miles

The funds raised through the ride will be put to use immediately, powering the ACC's vision to eradicate cancer as a cause of human disease and suffering through precision medicine, novel research, next-generation therapies, and compassionate care.

Join us

This event will be remarkable and will bring together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists, and their supporters with a common goal to conquer this disease. Join the ride in October by registering today at or by calling 844-777-7433.

Before the ride, you will have access to:

  • Expert coaching
  • Training rides in your area
  • Personal web page for fundraising
  • Helpful manual
  • 2014 ride commemorative item

During the ride, participants will have access to:

  • Event-day ride jersey
  • Support along the route
  • Catered meals
  • Entertainment at camp
  • Massage and medical care

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