I am new to the Georgetown community, but fully aware of the painful reality of cancer. My Nana died of a rare gallbladder cancer. My aunt died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Another aunt is a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. My cousin is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. Two of my grandparents have cancer—one with a rare form of lymphoma called Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, and the other with lung cancer. This is personal. On both sides of my family, cancer is a common dinner table conversation, and a fear that we share.
As many cancer patients know, the end of treatment is met with the ringing of a bell. The BellRinger name symbolizes the goal to end cancer for good. Since 1974, Georgetown Lombardi has maintained its National Cancer Institute designation and serves as the only comprehensive cancer center in the Washington, DC area. With Georgetown’s values and focus on care for the whole person, Lombardi is the research engine driving new therapies used today at MedStar Health.
In October, along with many others, I will ride 25 miles to support cancer research in areas like targeted therapies, immunotherapy, early detection measures, and other advancing strategies to improve cancer prevention, care, and survival. I hope you will consider supporting these efforts at Lombardi by donating to my ride.