Dear Friends and Supporters,
2023 will be my 8th Ride For Roswell. This year I am riding in memory of our dear and very close friend who had fought against cancer for the 18 years.
Every Ride reminds me how important the work I was doing is. Before the retirement last year I worked in the Department of Surgical Oncology. One of my primary duties was providing service and support to investigators utilizing advanced engineering to develop new technologies for both transnational and clinical research, creation and implementation of innovative diagnostic and surgical pre-planning software based on 3D reconstructed patient CT or MRI scans. With this software, surgeons from different specialties can better assess their patients' cases, establish a more accurate diagnosis, and create surgical intervention plans before the actual surgery by simulating different operative scenarios. Furthermore, computer-assisted simulations created with this software helped patients to clearly understand their procedures by visualizing anatomical organs and key steps during the surgery.
I have had using open-source software that helped developers and scientists to build better software. Just like software development in cancer research, open access journals play a tremendous role in the fight against cancer. They provide fast, reliable, and free scientific information.
Three years ago we created a team that is continuously supported by open-source cancer-related scientific journals: Oncotarget and Aging. Both of these journals publish high-impact research papers of general interest and biological significance in all fields of cancer research.
You can make a difference and help advance our work by supporting me in The Ride For Roswell. Funds rose through The Ride support cutting-edge research and compassionate, innovative patient care programs at Roswell Park. Please consider making a donation today. Together, we can help find cancer cures and save the lives of people diagnosed with cancer.
I would like to mention two studies published in the open-source journal Aging* and in The BMJ**, that cycling is linked to a substantial decrease in the risk of developing and dying from cancer or heart disease.
*Antonicelli R, Roberto L, Spazzafumo S, et al.,Exercise: a “new drug” for elderly patients with chronic heart failure. Aging (Albany NY). 2016; 8:860-872. https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.100901
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Thank you so much for your donations, your support, and well wishes!