This is more than just a bike ride. I know from personal experience. I had the pleasure of working as a staff member supporting this ride back in 2016, driving the luggage truck and handling all 50+ rider’s bags for the one week journey, cycling and camping our way across NY from Manhattan to Niagara Falls. During that trip I was witness to the most heartwarming example of cancer patients, cancer survivors, and relatives and friends of those affected by this scourge, all struggling together in the rain and heat and hills to complete the challenging 500+ mile ride. In the end, this effort netted over $250,000 toward cutting-edge cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.
Never did I suspect back then that less than a year later I too would join the ranks of cancer survivors when I was diagnosed in May 2017 with intermediate risk (Stage II) prostate adenocarcinoma. The kind that requires prompt treatment, not just active surveillance. Thanks to the medical research advances in the past 20 years, such as PSA screening, Ultra-sound guided biopsies, genomic testing, multi-parametric MRIs, laproscopic robotic surgery, and the wonderful professionals at Walter Reed Center for Prostate Disease Research, I can now claim the title of cancer survivor. Now I want to give back. Partly because both of my parents died, in a matter of months, from lung cancer, and partly because I myself am now a beneficiary of all that cancer research.
Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer, and this is my opportunity to change the state of cancer research for good. Together, we can fuel groundbreaking discoveries, find cancer cures and save lives.
Please consider making a donation today. No donation is too small, and every dollar adds up to something greater than any one of us could accomplish alone. I've kicked off my $3500 goal with my own contribution; please consider helping me reach that goal.
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