We need you to ride with us for APBD research in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 8

Thank you for your interest in joining the APBD Tour de Friends Team in The Penn Medicine Orphan Disease Center Million Dollar Bike Ride on Saturday, June 8 to show your support for rare disease research. There are 7,000 rare diseases & disorders that combined affect 30 million Americans.

APBD is a rare, inherited disorder of metabolism that devastates the nervous system. It gives no indication of its presence in infancy or childhood, but it strikes adults when they’re in the prime of life — as young as 35. Most often, sufferers are told they have MS, ALS, peripheral neuropathy, and other severe degenerative ailments which have similar symptoms. At the current time, there is no treatment or cure.

We have two goals for the Penn Million Dollar Bike Ride:

  • Form a team of at least 35 bike riders (Bike riders don’t need to raise funds!)
  • Raise $50,000, of which $30,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Penn Medicine Orphan Disease Center, to fund research to find a treatment and cure for APBD.

About the Bike Ride:

The Million Dollar Bike Ride offers a choice of three scenic rides of 13, 34, or 72 miles starting in the city, and ranging across the Greater Philadelphia region. The routes will start and finish at the University of Pennsylvania campus in downtown Philadelphia. The roads will be completely shut down for exit from the city, up until the MLK river drive. The return will stay on the river drives almost all the way until the South Street bridge, which will bring us over to the finish with very little time on streets with traffic for the short route. For more information about the routes, click here.

To Register:

Click here to register as a Non-Fundraiser biker, and make sure to sign up to ride with the APBD Tour de Friends team.

To Donate:

If you are interested in donating to help us meet our goal of raising $50,000, visit our fundraising page.

To donate by check, please make the check payable to:

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

And mail it to :
Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104
ATTN: Brian Lewis

Write in the memo on the check: “APBDRF – Let’s Roll” for a DOUBLE-DOUBLE MATCH!