I'm reaching out to invite you to join me for the inaugural BellRinger Bike Ride this October 23, 2021. BellRinger is a new year-round community movement to end cancer, with a goal of registering 1,500 riders to support important cancer research. Our team represents cancer patients, doctors, nurses, scientists, research staff and students across the Washington DC area and regional MedStar cancer care services where clinical investigations (medical research) are ongoing into new treatments and tools to solve the cancer problem here and everywhere. While some of us are members of the flagship Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at the center of the Georgetown-MedStar Cancer Institute network of health care institutions, many of us are teaching faculty affiliated academically to Georgetown University that trains future cancer researchers, physicians and health science leaders.
For many cancer patients, doctors and nurses, the connotation of Bellringer is reflected in the image above when a patient rings a bell in the Infusion Suite after successfully completing a course of chemotherapy or otherwise celebrates an important life event or a major milestone during the journey with cancer. Patients and their caregivers are a vital part of cancer research through voluntary participation in clinical trials that advance our understanding of and ability to turn back the existential threat cancer poses to our lives and the peace of our families and communities.
Our core team of health care providers and researchers mainly focuses on prostate, testicular, kidney and bladder cancers with the first two exclusively found in men. However, we welcome all those into our fold who can identify with the themes of supporting cancer research, treatment or even volunteering for a fun weekend bike ride with friends engaged in those endeavors. My team co-captains include Dr. Nancy Dawson, an internationally renowned prostate cancer researcher, Dr. Jonathan Hwang, a pioneering robotic urologic surgeon, Dr. Paul Leger, an expert on health disparities and minority health.
Some of us are bicycling enthusiasts and for not a bad reason - physical activity and fitness as well as many other lifestyle changes can be instrumental in preventing cancer and also enduring cancer treatment more safely to achieve the greatest freedom from cancer. I personally have not owned a car for 5 years and use the Capital Bikeshare citibikes to commute to my workplaces at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital-Lombardi Cancer Center, both of the Georgetown-MedStar Cancer Institute hospital cancer center network. You can see my progression in photographs below from my childhood (on the terrace of my childhood home in India) to a Brompton folding bicycle (on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront) to my shared citibike (in front of the DC Botanic gardens).
Whether we bicycle or not, there is always a way to get involved with the Bellringer movement to support local cancer research. We would love for you to join us and sign up to either Ride or Virtual Ride but you can support us in other ways as well such as simply donating or volunteering or cheering us on! By registering to ride, you're making a commitment to share your story and engage your network of supporters. Each rider raises a minimum amount of money by sharing that story with friends, colleagues, family, and their community. Your network supports you in your ride, which in turn supports an enormous community of people who rely on the life-saving research that my colleagues and I lead on a daily basis. Everyone has a connection to cancer in some way, which is why it's so important that you join us.
Thank you for considering. To sign up to join my team, please click this link - https://bellringer.org/register/
If you instead prefer to make your donation via check rather than by credit card, please mail your check to the address listed below. You can make your check payable to BellRinger. Please write the name of the Rider or Team on the memo line of the check or in an accompanying note. If you'd like your donation to remain anonymous to the Rider and/or the public, please let us know in your note. We will post the check to the Rider or Team profile once it is received. Thank you for your support!
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