National Brain Tumor Ride

Alix in 2007
Alix in 2007

Indomitable Spirit

Hi I hope you and your family are safe and enjoying spring.  On Sunday May 19, I will complete my 15th 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 very dear friend and colleague Dave Waltz, who died of GBM on March 22, 2012.  

       I look forward to meeting the other riders, survivors  and their families. it will begin on 200 West street in Waltham on May 19 around 9 AM .You are very welcome to attend the gathering and cheer me on and it will be awesome if you join my team and  ride with me!  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 1.2 years), there have been some advances in treatment and some promising leads: the recent discovery that Prozac and imipramine, readily available  antidepressants,  may significantly help GBM treatment when combined with other treatments, an  immunotherapeutic approach to  develop a vaccine from a patient's tumor cells using modified polio and common cold viruses, using RF energy to kill tumor cells and  to use chlorpromazine an older drug used for schizophrenia to improve radiation treatment.  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, 18,000 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 2024  , annual deaths are about 17,000
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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