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May 15, 2022 marks the 28th annual National Brain Tumor Ride. This will be my sixteenth consecutive year of participation, and I am honored to be on the Ride Planning Committee for a fourth year (two of which were a virtual ride - thanks COVID...).
As I have every year, I will be riding in memory and honor of my father, Roger, whom we lost to a brain tumor in 1995. I also ride in honor of my cousin, Peter Hoover, who passed away from a brain tumor at age one in 1988. In addition, this year I will be again be riding in honor of Mike O'Connor, a teacher in the Wayland Public Schools, as a member of the Mike's Bike's team Mike is himself an avid cyclist, so I hope the honor is fitting and appropriate.
For the first time in 2021, our event was known as the National Brain Tumor Ride, with teams from across the country joining together for our virtual ride to fight brain tumors. This year we are returning to a live event, and for the first time we will be riding live in different locations throughout the country, as well as virtually. We are exciting to resume a live ride together, with our beautiful ride with historic sites in Middlesex County beginning and ending in Waltham.
As has been the case for the past 27 years, and as has been my goal for the past fifteen, our goal is to support the National Brain Tumor Society's vision of a world without brain tumors and to raise funds for research, education and support. The National Brain Tumor Society is aggressively driving strategic research that will lead to therapies for adult and pediatric brain tumors. On a national level, the National Brain Tumor Society advocates for public policy that meets the critical needs of the brain tumor community and also provides comprehensive information and resource.
Over the years I have become aware that we are not alone, and that my family is one of many affected by this condition. There are 700,000 people in the US living with a brain tumor. This year 210,000 more will be diagnosed. I ride for all of these people, their caregivers, family and friends who have been or will be affected by their diagnosis.
Please support my efforts and make a donation to this important cause. I am setting my fundraising goal at $2,800 in recognition of this anniversary, but I hope to greatly exceed that goal with your help. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many! It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause - you can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. If you wish you can print off a donation form to send a gift by mail.
If you would like to participate in this event, you may sign up at events.braintumor.org.
Thank you for considering this worthy cause, and for your support. Best regards, Mark Corner.
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