YAS Fitness Center in Venice will be one of four Southern California locations that will take part in the fourth annual YAS-A-THON, a three-hour exercise bike ride beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23.
Organizers hope the event will help raise over a quarter million dollars for ThinkCure!, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancer.
Sponsored by the YAS Fitness Centers, the weekend of events will include a silent auction to raise additional funds Saturday, June 22, along with the three-hour consecutive spin with more than 170 spinners from across Los Angeles and Orange County June 23. The Sunday spin session will be held at all four YAS locations in Venice, Silver Lake, Costa Mesa and downtown Los Angeles, event organizers said.
Each rider has raised or contributed a minimum of $1,500. Organizers are still recruiting new sponsors and kick-off party attendees.
Last year, the YAS-A-THON raised $197,000 for ThinkCure!.
The money raised during the YAS-ATHON will go directly toward funding research focused on new, effective treatments for a range of cancers including brain cancer, leukemia and lymphoma, organizers said. ThinkCure!’s mission is particularly meaningful to YAS founder Kimberly Fowler, a brain cancer survivor and member of the non-profit’s executive board.
“I am honored that so many people are riding with us on June 23 and working so hard to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and ThinkCure!, an organization close to my heart,” said Fowler. “There are so many ways for the community to support our fundraising efforts – sponsor a rider, join us at the silent auction and bid on some of our great prizes, or simply make a donation to ThinkCure! We appreciate every bit of help.”
The YAS Fitness Center in Venice is at 1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Information, www.go2yas.com/studios/events.