Cookie’s Ride to Support Cancer Research at The Jackson Laboratory Saturday, Oct. 5

Bar Harbor, Maine—"Cookie’s Ride" is the inaugural bicycling fundraiser created to celebrate the life of Cookie Willems, a longtime member of the Jackson Laboratory community who died of ovarian cancer in August 2012.

All proceeds of this bicycling event will benefit The Cookie Willems/Jackson Laboratory Cancer Research Fund. The fund was established to honor Cookie and other friends and colleagues who have suffered from cancer, and to drive future cancer research at The Jackson Laboratory.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., and cyclists can choose from two routes. The first is a 20-mile route, starting at 9 a.m., through Acadia National Park following Park Loop Road. The second option is a 7-mile loop, starting at 11 a.m., dubbed the Cookie Loop, as it follows a route similar to the one Cookie regularly biked. A post-ride celebration will follow, 12-2 p.m. at The Jackson Laboratory.

There is a registration fee of $25 for each cyclist. All cyclists must raise at least $100 to participate in Cookie’s Ride, but donations of any size are welcomed. There’s no fee for "virtual riders" or donors. For more information or to register or donate, visit or call 288-6340.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. Based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn, the Laboratory employs a total staff of more than 1,500. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.