It is incredibly exciting to be participating in VeloSano again. There are countless things that make this ride special, and seeing patients, families, and the community come together in such a way is truly inspirational. I am a physician and clinical researcher in the Taussig Cancer Institute where I care for patients with blood cancers and bring new treatments to the clinic through clinical trials. But this is personal too, as cancer has touched the lives of my family and friends, just as it has my patients.
Day-to-day and year-to-year, it is remarkable to see the many advances in cancer treatment developed through research move into the clinic and improve patients' lives – it's hard not to be a fervent believer in the importance of cancer research. However, most are not aware of how difficult it has become to obtain funding for this important mission, and of how many potentially important research projects are never completed, or even started, due to lack of financial support. Even the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative is not enough. Research is very expensive, and a combination of federal, institutional and philanthropic support is required to build and maintain successful research programs.
VeloSano is more than a fundraising event. It's more than simply a bike ride. VeloSano is a movement with the goal of bringing an entire community together to help one another. I've joined the movement in VeloSano; having committed to ride 50 miles and raise $1,000 this year. Our sponsors have generously provided all costs associated with putting this event on, therefore every dollar raised goes directly to supporting cancer research at Cleveland Clinic and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. The goal is continue to move cancer care forward, by generating sustainable funding to support cancer research.
Thank you for your support of my VeloSano fundraising campaign. Please donate today!