I am a Cancer Survivor. I have joined the Duke Cancer Institute cycling team (DCI) and I am excited to participate in the 2019 Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, a cycling event in support of the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
My journey began July 2012. One of the very first things I did after being diagnosed with Stage-IV Colon Cancer was to have my tumor’s biomarkers tested. This turned out to be very beneficial in my survival story.
After being treated by two rounds of chemo and radiation, the cancer kept coming back and growing. It was at this point and because of information found in my biomarker testing that led me to participate in a clinical trial being offered at the GI Oncology Department of the Duke Cancer Center. My trial began in October 2014 and I was able to stay on the treatment for over two years. The clinical trial used an immunotherapy drug that has since been approved by the FDA and is now available to other patients.
I am here today because of that clinical trial and immunotherapy! I qualified for the clinical trial because I had my tumor biomarkers tested. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, I encourage you to have your biomarkers tested. All cancer patients should have this done. As medicine advances further into personalized treatments for cancer, it is my hope that more people will have recovery stories like mine.
Your donation toward my ride supports world-class cancer research conducted in North Carolina and across the United States – in particular Wake-Forest Baptist, Duke Cancer Institute and UNC-Lineberger.
I know that research saves lives. I am glad the clinical trial was there, and I was able to participate and pave the way for others. I am joining the Victory Ride to help the V Foundation achieve victory over cancer. And you can be part of that, too.
Please make a tax-deductible donation today! Join me and help fund the next generation of research projects and clinical trials that will hopefully help others have victory over cancer.