On Sunday May 20th, we are riding 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. I am also riding in memory of my dear friend and colleague Dave Waltz, who died of gbm on March 22, 2012.
Please join us on Sunday May 20th, 9 AM at 200 West Street Waltham, MA. Please help us fund a cure for brain cancer. if you can't ride pls consider contributing and volunteering. (donate button is to the top right)
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 an approach to develop a new kind of vaccine from a patient's tumor cells, to attack cancer. There is also an approach using a modilfied polio virus that is so promising that has been give the status of a breakthrough treatment by FDA for expedited approval. 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 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.
thank you! -- brij
There are 700,000 people in the US living with a primary brain tumor.
We ride for all of these people, as well as their caregivers, family, and friends who are affected by this devastating diagnosis.
The Brain Tumor Ride is a fun and inspirational day where a community comes together with one singular mission - improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors.