Riding for a Cure to Fight Brain Tumors
Hope all is well!
Today I've committed to raising money for cancer research by riding in the 2018, National Brain Tumor Ride. The ride takes place on May 23rd an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for research for finding cures fro Brain tumors and related diseases.
When you give to the National Brain tumor society, you make a powerful difference in the fight against cancer and Brain tumors.. Your gifts advance our work in cutting-edge research and care, directly improving the lives of our patients and their families.
Giving Back: Team Kermit
Riding in this Bike-A-thon, is a way to channel physical, mental and emotional energy into something much greater than the athletic accomplishment of riding up to 62 miles. Cyclist uses their strength to help those who cannot. With each mile pedaled, the NBTR brings researchers one step closer to finding cures for the various types of cancer that affects millions of people each year.
NBTR cyclists are a family, a unified force working toward a common goal. This spring, I'll be riding with my family: Team Kermit! We will be led by our devoted team leader and captain, Steve Branfman. The personal success achieved by riding in the NBTR and raising money for this cause is consistently described as unbeatable. All the Team Kermit riders have agreed that this ride is one of the the highlight of their fund raising experiences. Many of the Kermit members have been riding the NBTR and the PMC for 5 - 30 consecutive years.
I ride in memory of the following:
Jarred Branfman: Jarred was one of my favorite and most enthusiastic students I had the pleasure of teaching when I taught at Thayer Academy. Jarred passed away in 2005 from a two-year fight from Spinal/Cranial cancer. Jarred was 23 years old when he passed away.
Jody Nitenson: Jody was one of my closest cousins, a talented artist and such a beautiful and kind person. Jody died at the young age of 40. Jody’s story: Because of limited health insurance and income, Jody never received an MRI until it was too late. If Jody had had the proper health insurance, her tumor would have been caught much sooner. Walk-in clinics and hospital ER’s gave her Advil and sent her on her way.
Marshall Neilson: My colleague and friend. Marshall was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After having a successful bone marrow transplant, there were complications. Marshall battled for months. Unfortunately, Marshall passed away from Grafts vs. Hosts disease; this is a disease where research is greatly needed to find a cure. Marshall was so loved by his family, friends and colleagues. His humor, kindness and his amazing connections with students at The Park School will never be forgotten.
This is my eighteenth year at The Park School, where I teach physical education, coach cross country, track and advise sixth grade students. Park is an amazing place to work, my colleagues are wonderful, and they are so dedicated to excellence in education. Because of my background in strength and conditioning and outside adventures, my friends ask me, “Savage what is your next adventure? Mountain climbing, scuba diving with sharks ,windsurfing?” My reply is that I’m now dedicating my free time to cycling to raise money to help find medical cures for Brain Tumors and cancer.. Please go to: Donation Page:http://www.braintumorcommunity.org/goto/savage18
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. They are aggressively driving strategic research; advocating for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community; and providing comprehensive patient, family and caregiver resources. Your support ensures this important work will continue.
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