Million Dollar Bike Ride - Pitt Hopkins
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The Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting research dedicated to finding a treatment, and an eventual cure of Pitt Hopkins and other similar disorders. Visit for more information.
The Pitt Hopkins Pedalers are back!
Including $50,000 in matching funds that we were awarded from the UPenn Center for Orphan Disease Research, we ended up with over $100,000 for research from MDBR 2017! With those donations, we were able to fund the research of Dr. Andrew Kennedy at Bates College and Dr. Benjamin Philpot at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. We are so excited to have these great researchers on our team working to find a treatment for Pitt Hopkins.

What is Pitt Hopkins Syndrome?
Pitt Hopkins Syndrome is a rare, neuro-developmental disorder caused by a mutation of the TCF4 gene on the 18th chromosome. It is characterized by developmental delays, problems with motor coordination (ataxia) and balance, breathing abnormalities, seizures, gastrointestinal issues, lack of speech, and distinctive facial features. Pitt Hopkins affects all races and both genders equally.

Since the gene that causes Pitt Hopkins was only found in 2007, currently there are about 750 people in the world diagnosed with this syndrome, however we believe there are many more. Because loss of TCF4 prevents neurons from functioning currently, our scientist believe that studying Pitt Hopkins will also give us important insight into other neurological disorders with no known etiology like Alzheimers, Autism and Epilepsy.

For more information on Pitt Hopkins please visit
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OUR TEAM!! We have some incredible people riding to advance Pitt Hopkins research this year! Check out their individual pages - coming soon!



Registration for the 5th Annual Million Dollar Bike Ride is officially OPEN! This is a great fundraising event as every dollar we raise is matched by UPENN's Rare Disease Center!

Visit the MDBR website to register today!

NOTE: Only individuals who register as cyclist with fundraising will receive an official MDBR 2018 cycling jersey. If you wish to receive the jersey on event day, you must register by March 12th.


Sunday, May 20th
7:30am start
Start / Finish Line - Highline Park | 31st St. & Chestnut
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Free parking for all.

Three route options - 13, 34, or 72 miles.
Free t-shirt, refreshments, and entertainment included!

How to create your own giving page:
Fundraising cyclists are encouraged to create a giving page, where people can see your story of why you have chosen to ride and donate to your cause. For directions on how to create a personalized giving page, please visit

*** If you created a fundraising page last year you can reuse that page again this year!

Please contact Jessica Fletcher at if you have any questions or need help with this.
Why We Need You!
The Penn Medicine Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy (CODRT) is sponsoring this race to raise money for research in rare diseases such as Pitt Hopkins, and they will MATCH EVERY DOLLAR DONATED!! (up to $50,000) Please consider donating to our cause and being a part of transformative research. 100% of your donation will go towards research!
  • Only 750 diagnosed world wide
  • Rare diseases impact more people than aids and cancer combined
  • Non-profit Organization
  • Ran completely by volunteers
  • All riders will receive a t-shirt
  • 100% of your donation is tax-deductible
  • Give some amazing children hope
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