Stationary bicycles
Stationary bicycles
Volunteering & Giving
April 23, 2015

Cycling for fitness, camaraderie — and new cancer treatments

Stationary bikers raise money to fund research for rare cancers and to honor loved ones by participating in Cycle for Survival.

“I was glad to be able to remember my cousin Annie, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer last year.”

So says Annie’s cousin, Lisa Woolery, who was one of about 70 Wells Fargo team members in California who recently rode stationary bikes to raise money for a worthwhile cause and to honor and remember their loved ones who have battled cancer.

The team members in Pasadena and Orange County were participating in this year’s Cycle for Survival, which is part of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and raises money to help find a cure for rare cancers.

“I am grateful to be part of raising millions of dollars to help those who face cancer,” says Lisa, a communications consultant.

Tim Sloan and Lisa Stevens cycle
Participants racing to raise money for rare cancers
Team Wells Fargo working out
Tim Sloan, head of Wholesale Banking; and Lisa Stevens, head of Regional Banking Sales and Marketing and Small Business, and Regional Bank executive for the Pacific Midwest Region; biking at the Cycle for Survival event in Pasadena, California. Photo by Outlook Newspapers.
Team members in Pasadena raised money for rare cancers. Photo by Outlook Newspapers.
During the Cycle for Survival event in Orange County, California, team members also participated in a boot camp fitness class.

Cycle for Survival holds indoor team cycling events across the U.S. At the Orange County event, team members added another component, spending 45 minutes cycling and the other 45 minutes in a boot camp fitness class.

This was the second consecutive year that Wells Fargo team members participated in Cycle for Survival, which has raised $76.5 million since 2007.

“I think it’s safe to say that there isn’t a person out there who hasn’t been affected by cancer, whether it’s themselves, a relative, or friend,” says Tim Sloan, head of Wholesale Banking, who cycled in the Pasadena event. “Wells Fargo is happy to be able to contribute financially to help find a cure, and our team members gladly cycle to help raise awareness and funds for curing rare cancers.”

The Pasadena and Orange County teams raised and donated, along with funds from the Wells Fargo Foundation, $24,500 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for research. Ben Alvarado, Southern California Lead Region president, says, “I’m proud of those who rode hard and fast for charity and that we were able to raise money for such a good cause.”