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Hi I hope you and your family are safe and enjoying spring in the midst of these uncertain times. Cancer doesn't wait for Covid so unfortunately there are many people who are still being diagnosed every single day and even those who are being treated have to take on additional risk. On Sunday May 15, I will complete my 14th annual 25 mile bike ride to honor my late wife Alix Masand, who passed away June 11 , 2008 of glioblastoma (GBM), an incurable and most aggressive form of brain cancer and also in memory of my dear friend and colleague Dave Waltz, who died of gbm on March 22, 2012. I also honor my friend Rosemary Tator who recently died of cancer.
This year the bike ride is returning to the in person format and I look forward to meeting the other riders, survivors and their families. it will begin on Winter street in Waltham on May 15th around 9 AM .You are welcome to attend the gathering and cheer me on but if you can't attend your contributions are much appreciated. They will help accelerate a cure for brain cancer and create breakthroughs to allow families to spend precious time with their loved ones. To donate pls click on donate button on top or to the top right, thank you!
Even though glioblastoma is incurable, and among the deadliest form of cancer (avg survival is one year), there have been some modest advances in treatment and some promising leads, such as the recent discovery that Prozac, a readily available antidepressant may significantly help GBM treatment when combined with temozolomide, an approach to develop a new kind of vaccine from a patient's tumor cells, using RF energy to kill tumor cells and also recently to use an older drug used for schizophrenia to improve radiation treatment. There is also an approach using a modified polio virus . These and other advances can add precious months for a patient to spend with their families. When Alix was diagnosed, I wanted breakthroughs to happen soon enough to save her, which didn't happen but we did have 16 precious months with her. Dave also had about a year with his family after diagnosis. I fervently wish, that there may be new breakthroughs that can help other newly diagnosed patients to extend the time they have. Each day many families learn of such dire news, 17,000 each year. With our combined efforts we can fund new breakthroughs towards a cure and in the meantime add precious time for those with cancer to spend with their families and your contributions will add to the momentum.
thank you! -- brij
There are 700,000 people in the US living with a primary brain tumor. About 18,000 more will be diagnosed in 2022 , annual deaths are about 16,800
We ride for all of these people, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends who are affected by this devastating diagnosis.
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