Welcome to my Velosano page!
This year will be my second year riding in Velosano, raising money for cancer research and patient care in Cleveland. Last year I rode as a cancer researcher deeply committed to the awareness and fundraising that is critical to supporting scientists and physicians in their research and patient care. I have lost loved ones to cancer, dedicate my professional life to cancer research, and wanted to do my part raising money and getting in one hell of a bike ride while I was at it. With the generous support of family and friends, I raised over $2000 dollars and rode 200 miles with Velosano. It was a blast and one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in quite awhile. I met wonderful people all committed to supporting cancer research and who also know how to have a rocking good time while crushing hills and avoiding going down in the midst of a massive rain storm.
Based on this experience, doing it again this year seemed like a no- brainer. But just in case I was on the fence, life threw me a major curve ball that has deepened my enthusiasm for and commitment to Velosano and cancer research. In November, I was diagnosed with Stage 3B Colon Cancer. What this means is that the doctors found a large tumor in my colon. And upon its removal, the doctors confirmed the presence of cancer in my lymph nodes. I started my first of 12 chemotherapy treatments in December. I receive it every 2 weeks and will finish it in May. This experience has been intense and scary and really freaking hard. But it has taught me a great deal about our capacity as humans to take on life’s challenges and often times thrive or learn something new in the midst of said challenge. These rides that we do in the name of cancer research reflect that. Whether a rider commits to 25 miles or 200 miles, raising $500 or $5000, it’s an opportunity to take on a new adventure that may be hard at times and share in an experience with their friends and family.
As a cancer researcher, I have always been in awe of our knowledge and the incremental steps science takes to improve the methods we use to fight cancer. As a cancer patient, that awe has grown and turned to deep appreciation. But it has also highlighted the need for continued research with goals of continuously building on the knowledge we have to develop new treatments and approaches. I am rather fortunate, the success rate of those who receive the treatment I am receiving for colon cancer is quite high and I do not have much to fear. But the treatment I receive makes me feel more sick than I ever did when I had the actual tumor growing inside of me. It’s temporary and manageable but as a researcher, I know there are many options in the development pipeline that may improve the patient experience and make it a more manageable and less stressful experience for the patient and their family. Moreover, there are many cancer patients whose disease is not managed as well by the available cancer treatments we have today. These are the patients I really fight for and go to work for. We must continue to push our knowledge of disease forward to help these patients and that is why your support is so important!
Please join me in my own battle against cancer and those of many others by donating whatever you can to my ride with Velosano. I finish my chemotherapy in May and two months later in July will be riding 200 miles with my teammates and friends to show my continued dedication to improving the lives of current and future cancer patients and showing respect to those we have lost in the battle against cancer. The research we are doing in the labs here in Cleveland is awesome and inspiring and your contribution helps us researchers to pursue it to the best of our ability and help those around us.
- Click the green donate button on my page to make your gift today.
Thank you for supporting me, VeloSano, and cancer research. Every dollar makes a difference!
P.S. Did you know your gift could be matched by your employer! If you are inclined to donate, please take an extra moment to check if your company participates in matching git program. It's a great way to double our efforts! You can check if your company does this here: http://www.velosano.org/donate/employer-match