Tommy Vierbuchen's Damon Runyon 5k
On Sunday, August 21, Karen and I, as well as our good friends Eric Van de Vorde and Liz Powers will be running in the Damon Runyon Foundation 5k at Yankee Stadium.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma last May. After undergoing 6 cycles of chemotherapy, a brief relapse, two more rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, I am now cancer free for 6 months and have a great prognosis going forward. Normally I have a strict no cardio policy (weights only bro!), but to celebrate being healthy again and to raise money for an important cause I have decided to make an exception to run in this 5k.
The Damon Runyon Foundation has generously supported my research for the last three years. They provide funding for young biomedical researchers during their postdoctoral work (similar to residency for a doctor) and also give grants to professors just starting their lab. They focus on funding research into the basic mechanisms that cause cancer.
We are entering a new era in the treatment of cancer, with many promising new therapies emerging that have the potential to fundamentally reshape the way that we think about the disease. There is still a great deal of work to be done though, as many of the fundamental mechanisms that cause cancers and make them difficult to eradicate remain unknown. This is why it remains critical to fund research that is focused on understanding these basic features of cancer cells and to ensure that the best young scientists receive the support that they need to investigate these problems and pursue cancer research as a career.
100% of the money I raise will be used by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation to directly fund innovative research by today's most brilliant young scientists, who are racing to find the causes and cures for all types of cancer.
You can choose the amount you want to give – all donations are gratefully received!
For your enjoyment, Karen has included a highly realistic image of what it might look like as we cross the finish line of the race.
Thanks in advance you for your support!
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