24 Hours of Booty raises $1.43 million for cancer research - | WBTV Charlotte

24 Hours of Booty raises $1.43 million for cancer research

(photo credit: Matt Parker) (photo credit: Matt Parker)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

An annual cancer support fundraiser in Charlotte raised nearly $1.5 million for cancer support and programs in the Charlotte-area.

According to organizers, last weekend's 24 Hours of Booty has raised $1.43 million for this year's race.  Organizers say more than $12 million has been raised since the event's inception in 2002.

"Once again, our riders and supporters have gone above and beyond with their fundraising efforts and in helping us achieve another milestone year," said Basil Lyberg, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty. "We are truly grateful for all that everyone does to support our mission and to show cancer survivors that they aren't in this fight alone."

The event took place last weekend and more than 1,200 riders rode around the 'Booty Loop' in Myers Park. WBTV's Kelly Franson served as the emcee.

Beneficiaries of the event include Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG Foundation, Wind River Cancer Retreats, the Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas, Hendrick Marrow Program and the Keep Pounding Fund.

"We appreciate our presenting sponsor Levine Cancer Institute, the Myers Park neighborhood, Myers Park Traditional School, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and our amazing volunteers, riders, cancer survivors, supporters and spectators who go the extra mile to make 24 Hours of Booty a fantastic event," adds Lyberg.

"Together, we are part of a community impacting the fight against cancer through cutting-edge survivorship and navigation programs both locally and nationally."

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