Public Invited to Join UAMS Myeloma Institute in Big Dam Bridge 100/Ride for Research Sept. 29

By Susan Van Dusen

By being a sponsor of the Big Dam Bridge 100, the institute hopes to raise awareness of myeloma, a cancer of the blood’s plasma cells.

Participants in the Ride for Research should register first with the Big Dam Bridge 100 at

For questions or more information, contact Jennifer Gurley at or 501-944-0993.

Riders can choose to ride 14, 26, 50, 68, or the full 100 miles in the Big Dam Bridge 100, beginning and ending along the Arkansas River in downtown North Little Rock. Those who aren’t riders can assist by making donations or holding fundraisers on behalf of the institute.

The Big Dam Bridge 100 is in its 12th year and draws 3,000 riders annually from 32 states.

Last year, more than 80 patients, supporters, family members, friends and employees ages 9 to 80 joined the UAMS Myeloma Institute team, raising donations of $75,000 for research and increasing awareness of myeloma within the community.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.