Sep 04, 2007

Seagate to Host Fifth Annual Ride for 65 Roses; $100,000 Goal to Fund Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Research for a Cure

LONGMONT, Colo. - Seagate Technology’s design center in southwest Longmont, at 389 Disc Drive, will host the start and finish of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CFF) Fifth Annual Ride for 65 Roses on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 7 a.m. The event is a four-route bike ride to benefit vital cystic fibrosis (CF) research, education and care programs. Organizers hope to raise $100,000 to help fund research efforts to find a cure for this genetic disease.

The morning of the event, Seagate’s campus grounds at 389 Disc Drive will be rocking with live music from the Denver-based Juba Juba, a Grateful Dead tribute band, while 105.5 JACKFM Radio broadcasts live from the site. More than 200 cyclists will start the event here, fueling up with energy bars and drinks before heading out on their 20-, 40- and 65-mile routes through the foothills of Boulder, Jamestown, Ward, Lyons and Left Hand Canyon.

“Events such as the Ride for 65 Roses provide vital funds that enable the CF Foundation to continue ‘adding tomorrow’s everyday’ for those with cystic fibrosis,” said Rick Willis, executive director of the Colorado Chapter.

“We’re pleased to be able to help the Foundation’s efforts to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a devastating disease affecting about 30,000 people in the U.S.,” said Andy Davis, Seagate vice president. “Our hope is that cystic fibrosis, and other life-threatening diseases, will be wiped out in our lifetime. And Seagate is committed to supporting organizations that are turning this hope into a reality, such as CFF, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“As we prepare to kick off the Ride for 65 Roses, we’re especially pleased to join so many generous individuals in the community who have shown their support by registering in the ride or donating funds to a participant. We’re glad to be part of that effort.”

The CFF’s Ride for 65 Roses is a well-supported ride, limited to 500 cyclists, so register today at http://colorado.cff.org/ride.

About Cystic Fibrosis and CFF
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the United States. A defect in the CFTR gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the CFF was established in 1955, few children lived to attend elementary school. Today, because of research and care supported by the CFF—with money raised through donations from individuals, families, corporations and foundations—the median predicted age of survival for people with CF is now in the late 30s.

The CFF (www.cff.org) is one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the U.S., with more than 90 percent of donated funds going directly into research for more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for CF. The goal for this year’s ride is to raise $100,000 for the CF Foundation.

About Seagate
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