This past year was a difficult one for me. In November, I lost my father to stage 4 lung cancer - just 7 months after he was diagnosed. The treatments were difficult on him physically and it was most likely the side effects of the chemo, and not the cancer, that killed him. There are some wonderful new immunotherapy drugs on the market for lung cancer, but he was not a genetic match for them. Had he been, he probably would be alive today. These new immunotherapy treatments are helping lots of patients, but we need continued funding for research so all patients can benefit.
On October 1, I will once again ride my bike 100 miles in the 13th annual Century for the Cure bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research. Currently available treatments were not able to help my dad, but it did save me 19 years ago when I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It is the reason why my wife and I started the Century for the Cure back in 2005 - to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ for the tremendous care they gave me, and to fund patient therapies and much needed cancer research.
With the support of hundreds of riders, volunteers, generous sponsors, friends and family who have been involved in Century for the Cure, we have raised over $2 million since we started 13 years ago. We continue to donate 100% of every rider raised dollar to The Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ, and they are turning those dollars into novel, groundbreaking cancer therapies and cures.
But there is obviously more work to do, and it is essential that we continue to fund cancer research. Please support me by donating to the Century for the Cure. We are a 501(c)(3) and all donations are 100% tax deductible. To do so click on the link to my home page. You can also send a check payable to Century for the Cure and mail it to me.
If you want to ride with us or volunteer, we would love to have you. Go to our website for more information, www.centuryforthecure.com, or just reach out to me with questions.