Stopping Cancer Early – The Best Possible Investment


Canary Challenge Bicycle Fundraiser raises over $1 million for early cancer detection research

October 7, 2014

The 4th annual Canary Challenge cycling fundraiser was September 27, 2014 in Palo Alto and experienced major growth since its inception in 2011. The event, produced by the Canary Foundation, benefits the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection, and raised $1,094,322, all of which goes to the beneficiary.

“We’re so happy to see the growth of the fundraiser and dedication from our repeat riders and sponsors over the years,” says Don Listwin, founder of Canary Foundation. “We’ve created some cycling routes that highlight the best road riding that the Peninsula has to offer, along with distances for everyone, from the 5k to 100 miles.” The ride also has rest stops with gourmet food and espresso.

The Canary Challenge featured over 1000 riders, 108 teams, and nearly 200 volunteers. Many riders have a personal reason for riding in the Canary Challenge and many have been touched by cancer in their lives. Participants understand that early detection offers more opportunity to treat and overcome cancer. Canary Challenge participants on average, fundraise over $1200 each, though the fundraising minimum for individuals is $400. All proceeds go to the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection.

The event village, located at HP’s headquarters in Palo Alto had live music, food trucks, vendors, a beer garden, a photo booth, a kid zone, and even a surprise visit from the Stanford Band.

Pros from Vanderkitten Racing are among those who support the Canary Challenge, and corporate team sponsors this year include Avaya, El Camino Hospital, VMware, SAP, and Juniper Networks. Local cycling club, Menlo Bike Club has also been a big supporter of the Canary Challenge, by hosting clinics and weekend training rides.

Top Fundraisers:


Gelsinger Patrick $28,080
Krauskopf Chip $13,790
Chow Jonathan $12,535
Kennedy Kevin $12,500
Kaufman Julie $11,340
Gelsinger Nathan $10,685
Gelsinger Josiah $10,610
Knotts Ryan $7,675
Sallaberry Paul $7,490
Yee Brian $6,985



VMware $88,649
Avaya The Power of We(tm) $47,303
Ericsson Silicon Valley $25,616
Team SAP Cycling $18,346
Bavarian Nordic $15,820



X-RAY NINJAS $30,122
Mammo In Motion $13,468
The Canary Center Team $12,862
Team Nucs $10,742
TEAM MIPS $9,699


Friends and Family

Canary Peeps $118,498
Lightning $38,346
Ladybug Racing $26,734
Team Chow Fighters $23,688
Team Polly Cleland Helmke $17,190



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