2020 VIRTUAL Bike Ride for Research

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, and social distancing recommendations, the Million Dollar Bike Ride is going VIRTUAL!
This will allow our supporters to choose the activities they want to do to raise funds and awareness and complete their goals over time.

We would like to use this opportunity to have our very first global event, where it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can get involved. We appreciate that these are unprecedented times both financially and socially but with a little imagination we can still do great things!

We Need You!

The MDBR is the primary research fundraiser for LGDA and our resaerch partner, the Lymphatic Malformation Institute (LMI). Since 2015 and with the help of our supporters, this annual event has raised over $650,000 and funded 10 research projects directly related to GLA, GSD, KLA, and CCLA!! All donations will be matched by UPenn Orphan Disease Center, up to $30,000, to fund a new research grant for our diseases. 100% of the funds raised goes towards these pilot grants, with no overhead taken out.

Support Research and Raise Awareness while Social Distancing

This virtual event is a great chance to have some fun in these challenging times while supporting vital research. And you don’t even have to ride a bike if you don’t want to or can’t. Here are some ideas:

  • Ride your bike on a trail or quiet road
  • Ride a stationary bike in your home
  • Go for walks (outside or on your treadmill)
  • Run or Jog if you can (again, treadmill at home works!)
  • Skip around the block
  • If you have a partner that’s in solitude with you, dance around the block.
  • Do anything that’s active and fun that you enjoy while also being safe about it.

Our annual LGDA Awareness Day on May 26 falls right in the middle of this virtual event, so we want to make this a joint effort. Download a distance tracker and post progress toward your fundraising goal in photos and videos on social media to raise awareness of our diseases using #LGDAwareness, #TeamLGDA and #LGDAReachingForACure and tagging LGDA and our international partners, LGD Alliance – Europe and LGD Alliance – UK, in your social media posts. You can also send your videos to us and we will share them on our Facebook pages, websites, and YouTube channel.

Support the Research Team

Donate directly to Team LGDA / LMI Riders without having to participate in the bike ride by clicking this link and then clicking on the blue “Donate Now” button at the top of our PennGiving page.

Register as a Rider with Million Dollar Bike Ride

  • Register as a Rider for LGDA/LMI Riders
    • $45 fee goes directly to the LGDA/LMI fund and there is no minimum you need to raise
    • Follow this link: https://www.milliondollarbikeride.org/registration and provide the requested information to create your registration.
      • On the “Registration Type” section, select Register WITHOUT fundraising
      • On the “Event Information” section of the registration, select LGDA/LMI Riders from the list of teams provided.
  • Register as a Rider-Fundraiser
    • Fee is $25.00 and you agree to raise $250 by June 13
      • On the “Registration Type” section, select Register WITH fundraising
      • On the “Event Information” section of the registration, select LGDA/LMI Riders from the list of teams provided.
  • Set your goal: 13, 34 or 72 miles
    • With social distancing and limited time outside,  the distances can be completed any time between now and June 13. 
    • Self Isolating and can’t go out – use your stationary bike.  Cover the miles from the comfort of your own home.
  • Whether you are on your stationary bike or on the road – become part of Team LGDA. 
    • Join others by downloading a distance tracker and posting your progress through our social media channels.
    • Share your fundraising page or the Million Dollar Bike Ride – LGDA & LMI PennGiving page with friends and family and ask them for a small donation to encourage you to complete your challenge and to help us reach our $30,000 target.

Join or Form a Team for a Different Activity

  • Set your goal:
    • Walk, run, hike the wilderness, have a dance-off, anything that’s active and fun that you enjoy while also being safe about it.
    • Decide on your distance or amount of time you will dedicate to this activity.
  • Self Isolating and can’t go out?
    • Walk/run on your treadmill, dance in the kitchen, anythign that gets you active in the safety of your home.
    • Challenge yourself to meet your goal from the comfort of your own home any time between now and June 13.
  • You may choose to set up your own personal fundraising page to support LGDA / LMI doing whatever activity you choose.
  • Whether you choose to create your own fundraising page or not become part of Team LGDA and join in #LGDAwareness Day 2020.
    • Join others by downloading a distance tracker and posting your progress on social media using #LGDAwareness, #TeamLGDA, #LGDAReachingForACure and tagging LGDA and our partners, LGD Alliance–Europe and LGD Alliance–UK.
    • You can also send your videos to us and we will share them on our Facebook pages, websites, and YouTube channel.

Click here for details and to support Team LGDA & LMI!