More than 2,000 riders, walkers and runners participated in the inaugural UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Anti-Cancer Challenge to benefit cancer research on June 10 and 11, 2017 at Angel Stadium.

All of those that participated this weekend provided critical support for lifesaving cancer research at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Richard A. Van Etten, MD, PhD, cancer center director. “It is very inspiring to see individuals and teams representing the entire community – friends, families, co-workers and companies gathered for one common goal: To end cancer.”

More than 6,000 people attended the Anti-Cancer Challenge Festival on Saturday, which included live entertainment, a children’s bike, ride, stationary bike event, food from local vendors, craft beer and exhibits.  Sunday featured more than 140 teams competing in 10-, 30-, 60- and 100-mile cycling rides across Orange County and a 5K run/walk through Angel Stadium.

Van Etten cycled in the 60-mile race, as did Dr. Howard J. Federoff, vice chancellor for health affairs and CEO of UC Irvine Health; and Dr. Michael Stamos, interim dean, UC Irvine School of Medicine.

The inaugural event raised more than $568,000 and fundraising continues through June 30, 2017. Go to to make a donation.