I am participating in The Ride For Roswell on Saturday, June 23! This is much more than a bike ride for me — it’s my commitment to the fight to end cancer.
One year ago Don and I walked through the doors of Roswell Park for the first time. We were hopeful it was just a precautionary referral from his regular doctor. It was probably nothing. Don was young. He was active. He had no medical history. He didn’t feel sick. He just had a lump that wasn’t going away. We didn’t expect the diagnosis of Sarcoma. It was cancer. It was rare. It was hard to research. It was terrifying.
This past year has been the most difficult of our lives. Don has been through radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy. We are finally at the end of what I pray will be his final treatment. I thank God everyday that Buffalo has Roswell Park. Their Sarcoma Center has a phenomenal team of doctors. These doctors have given us back hope for the future.
Because of the rarity of Sarcoma, research and data collection can be extremely difficult. It is crucial that all Sarcoma Centers across the country can easily share data to research and find a cure for this terrible disease. Right now, no network exists to connect hospitals specializing in Sarcoma.
One of Don’s doctors is developing a Database Registry Network that will connect all Sarcoma Centers across the country (Including The James at OSU!) and worldwide. It is a huge undertaking, but one that will directly help cure sarcoma. All proceeds donated to the Roswell Park Sarcoma Ride for Roswell Team will be directly funding this new Sarcoma Database Registry.
Together we can find a cure for Sarcoma!