CONTACT: Ellice Whatley Bowman, (706) 922-3755, ewhatley@pacelineride.org

AUGUSTA, Ga. (October 2, 2018) – A grassroots movement is happening in our community and now is the time to join the Paceline to be a part of finding the next treatment for cancer. Paceline is a fundraising initiative developed by local philanthropists and visionaries, Dag and Alicia Grantham. Dag and Alicia came to the Augusta area from Ohio, where they were supporters and participants in a similar movement called Pelotonia.

Pelotonia started as a grassroots fundraising community in 2008. While their signature event is a bike ride in August, participants spend the entire year raising money. Since its inception, Pelotonia has raised over $170 million for the James Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State University.

“Having ridden in Pelotonia in 2017, my wife and I knew we had to bring the sense of community, teamwork, and peer engagement to the Georgia Cancer Center,” Dag said. “There are many people out there with a passion to serve, act, and be a part of the cure for cancer. We founded Paceline to channel their passion and help them make a difference with the objective to fund life-saving research.”

“A paceline by definition is a way for cyclists to travel in a straight line that doesn’t just ensure it is clear where they are going but also in a fashion where they collectively have more energy than any individual might,” said Dr. David C. Hess, Medical College of Georgia dean. “This kind of synergy and energy is what we are building at the Georgia Cancer Center and is what is needed to better understand cancer’s complexities and how most effectively to destroy them.”

Paceline operates year-round to lead and support fundraising initiatives for riders, virtual riders, and volunteers. These fundraising activities will culminate in the Paceline bike ride scheduled for May 10 -11, 2019. Thanks to the support of generous funding partners, sponsors, Augusta University and the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Paceline can promise that 100% of all participant-fundraising goes to support research and patients at The Georgia Cancer Center.

“The MCG Foundation was honored to get behind this movement, and has quickly immersed its staff and board into the work of Paceline,” said Ian Mercier, MCG Foundation CEO. “Paceline’s mission and philanthropic goals resonate with the Foundation as we are fully dedicated to supporting the Georgia Cancer Center, the Medical College of Georgia, and Augusta University.”

“I appreciate Alicia and Dag Grantham’s harnessing their collective strengths in philanthropy, operations and community to support the patients, science and scientists of the Georgia Cancer Center,” Hess said.

Registration for Paceline 2018-19 will open in October. Please go to our website, “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive updates and announcements on registration, events and activities.

Paceline is a team-based, social movement culminating in a bike ride dedicated to raising funds to cure cancer. It is based on a highly successful model and 100% of donations go to the cause.