In 2005, inspired by the vision of bringing a world-class running event to the Wenatchee Valley, and motivated by the recent loss of Ian’s mother, Kris Crossland, to breast cancer, Ted Finegold set the wheels in motion for the inaugural Wenatchee Marathon in April 2005. Ted partnered with Ian Crossland, and their spouses, Lynda and Wendy, and soon the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon, as well as two cycling events, followed. From the beginning, the events raised funds to support cancer research. In an ironic twist, Ted was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, eventually succumbing to the disease in July, 2010. However, through Ted’s vision and tireless work, the groundwork has been laid for the future success of the events.
Following Ted Finegold’s passing in July, 2010, we re-structured our organization to better reflect Ted’s legacy. In choosing a name, TedDriven felt right for several reasons:
Ted was driven.
Ted inspired and still inspires drive in others.
Ted drives us to better ourselves and the world.
TedDriven is committed to hosting premier athletic events that also serve as vehicles for philanthropic giving and fundraising.
The primary mission of TedDriven is to promote cancer research. Everyone knows someone who has suffered through cancer, and your race directors have been directly impacted and are committed to doing their part to fight the disease. You can help.
Events and Cancer Research
Currently, TedDriven holds two events a year, the Wenatchee Marathon in April and the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon in October. These events allow us to continue our support for cancer research and for many local organizations.
Each year, we make a substantial donation to Abramson Family Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. By donating directly to the lab, we hope to produce for our sponsors, volunteers, supporters and participants, direct evidence of where the dollars from the race go to help find a cure.
The lab's emphasis is studying angiogenesis. Dr. Sandra Ryeom, runner and researcher, gives us periodic updates so you can see how your money is being spent. Sandy’s current research is trying to solve the puzzle of why people with Down’s Syndrome are particularly resistant to cancer.
In 2012 alone, we donated $25,000 to the Abramson Family Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Beyond cancer research, TedDriven also raises funds for a number of local organizations. In 2012 TedDriven contributed between $500 and $2000 to the following organizations:
Wenatchee Fire FC
Wenatchee Junior Velo
Relay for Life
American Cancer Society
Velocity Swim Team
Lance Armstrong Foundation
Apple City Roller Derby
Cascade High School Cross Country
IRMS Rocks! (Icicle River Middle School PTA)
Cascade High School Booster Club
Rock Island PTO
Wenatchee Banshees Hockey
Friends of NW Hatcheries
The Valley Academy Robotics Team
The King’s Garden School
If you would like to raise funds for your organization by partnering with TedDriven at an event, please contact us for details.
If you are interested in donating directly to Dr. Ryeom’s cancer research lab, donations* may be made to the University of Pennsylvania Trustees and mailed to:
Sandra Ryeom, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
Department of Cancer Biology
Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
711 BRB II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6160
Thank you for your participation and support. We look forward to seeing you.
* Please note on your check that the donation is for Sandra Ryeom’s lab in the Department of Cancer Biology.