I am writing today to share a personal story, and to ask for your help and support.
My first personal experience with cancer came in the winter of 2008, when my grandfather was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. The same grandfather whose greatest wish had been to come to America and ride in a car that I drove. Even though the cancer progressed before I could help him fulfill that wish, I was blessed to have the chance to see him in China that winter, and I will always remember the dignity with which he carried himself, even as he lay in the hospital bed.
The following year, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It came as a shock to my family, but over the following year and a half I watched as our friends and family came together to provide a level of support I could not have imagined. In July 2011, my mother’s cancer went into complete remission. She has been cancer-free ever since, and continues to be an incredible source of inspiration and support for me.
This Fall, I will be joining a team of medical students to ride in support of The Ride to Conquer Cancer. The Ride to Conquer Cancer® is a two-day cycling journey through Pennsylvania to benefit Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. The Abramson Cancer Center is pioneering new approaches to cancer treatment and engaging in community outreach to help more patients in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
I am riding for my mother, for my grandfather, for those I know and those I have yet had the privilege to meet whose lives have been affected by cancer in some way. I ride for those who have battled cancer and won, and for those who faced cancer with dignity every step of the way.
Please consider contributing to this history-making event with a donation, and sharing this with your friends and loved ones. Your generous support will help the Abramson Cancer Center eradicate cancer as a cause of human disease and suffering through novel research and compassionate care, and bring hope to the millions of families struggling with cancer today.
Thank you in advance for your help and support.