Charity Spotlight: Cycling for a Cause at GRIT

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Marissa Wayne and Kristen Hatfield
Marissa Wayne and Kristen Hatfield

November was also Movember at GRIT Cycle in Costa Mesa, as the cycling studio partnered with the local Team Nuclear to raise funds for prostate cancer research and other men’s health issues.

Cancer research and education is an important part of GRIT Cycle’s philanthropic mission, said Newport Beach resident Marisa Wayne, GRIT co-owner and daughter of John Wayne. The cycle studio has hosted fundraisers for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and other nonprofit organizations.

“Last year we did participate in Movember, but this year I wanted Team Nuclear to be our charity and do a special event and have a party,” said Wayne. “Once we announced it, companies like Duke Bourbon came and wanted to be a part of it.”

GRIT has 50 bikes, so they “sold” bikes for $100 per person for a 60 minute ride. Profits went to Team Nuclear, which then donated the funds to Movember.

Event organizer Kristen Hatfield said her husband, Bobby, is part of Team Nuclear, so she helped coordinate the event, which had an 80s theme from music to clothing.

“I love GRIT, and my husband is a cancer survivor, so to support cancer research and ride at GRIT is perfect,” she said.

Between the Movember ride and four additional “Karma” rides in November, GRIT helped raise overall $10,000 for Team Nuclear. In just its first year of operation, GRIT Cycle has raised more than $210,000 for charitable organizations.

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