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Dan Michaud
Dan Michaud, graduate research assistant at UNC Lineberger

When Dan Michaud, a graduate research assistant working in Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta’s lab at UNC Lineberger, decided to ride in the V Foundation’s annual Victory Ride, it was for much more than the exercise.

“As a researcher myself, I can see the end results of the donations raised by the Victory Ride and know how important they are for everyone involved,” he said. “By participating I feel like I am really doing my part to push cancer research forward.”

The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer presented by Braswell Family Farms is a one-day charity cycling event in Raleigh. This year, on May 16, riders from across the Triangle and beyond will ride to raise money for cancer research.

Why I Ride

Michaud, a member of the UNC Lineberger team and riding for a third straight year, is hoping to get many others involved in 2020.

“The victory ride is an incredible way to bring the community together to not only raise money for life-changing cancer research, but also to meet others who are affected by cancer in one way or another,” he said.

Where does the money go?

V Scholar Grants fund the future of cancer research. V Scholars are early-career scientists doing fundamental or basic cancer research today to support tomorrow’s preventions, diagnosis and treatment. All cancer treatments have a foundation in basic research.

Translational Grants support “bench-to-bedside” research by translating findings from the lab to the clinic.

Designated Grants support basic or translational research. The size and duration of these grants vary widely depending on the initiative, but they have ranged from $50,000 to over $1 million.

As a subset of Designated Grants, Mission Grants are made to support projects within the mission of the V Foundation, but they are not usually for the direct support of a research project. The Mission Grant is a smaller grant (under $100,000 per year).

Want to join our team?

There are several ways to get involved with the Victory Ride and support UNC Lineberger’s efforts: become a rider on the Lineberger team, donate to a rider on the Lineberger team, or create a fundraising page.

Learn more about how to get involved with the UNC Lineberger team and Victory Ride