The SPINODYSSEY concept began with Delia Thompson and Amelie Babkie, two fitness professionals in southwestern Connecticut seeking a way to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium while helping a good cause. Inspired by their students' enthusiasm for group stationary cycling workouts, and the battle against breast cancer being waged by Delia's sister, the two hosted the first "Millennium Ride," attracting 50 riders, and raising $5,244, all of which was donated to American Cancer Society breast cancer research. The 2013 edition of SPINODYSSEY raised $136,000 for the cause, thanks to the efforts of 225 riders and 100 volunteers. Since its first event on Jan. 1, 2000, SPINODYSSEY has raised more than $4 million for breast cancer research and breast cancer patient and family support services. All proceeds raised by SPINODYSSEY participants are donated directly to research.
My biggest contribution to The SPINODYSSEY was doing all the graphic design for the event. I changed the logo every year as a way to celebrate a new beginning that each year brought.
Though the SPINODYSSEY has ended, you can still, always, donate to Breast Cancer Research through The American Cancer Society. The money goes DIRECTLY to the researchers.