Welcome to Mary Ann's BBC Page
Dear Family and Friends:
Thank you for supporting our effort to raise funds for cancer research. 100% of the money you donate will support investigators at U.Penn's Abramson Cancer Center (our generous sponsors cover all administrative costs of the ride).
Penn will use the funds we raise to support young investigators who need data to qualify for larger NIH grants. Penn helps us identify these investigators through a rigorous vetting process. You can donate knowing your personal treasure will launch both a young scientist and potentially a new cure.
Our Team name ("T-Cell Trekkers") alludes to the T-cells in our blood; they fight infection every hour of every day. Penn scientists are developing techniques to alter the genes of these cells to turn them into cancer assassins. These procedures hold special promise for blood cancers like lymphoma (the type of cancer I have). We ride to honor the mighty T-Cell.
Many of you started with us in my childhood back-yard seven years ago for an informal ride. Five year's ago, we joined with several friends to form the Breakthrough Bike Challenge. Two years ago, Penn asked the BBC to serve as the official ride of its Abramson Cancer Center. That's a tribute to all who have ridden and contributed in the past. Thank you.
We also owe a debt to Chris' law partners at Saul Ewing. They have generously supported the BBC. Their gift and the contributions of other sponsors ensure that 100% of the money you donate will fund research, and will not get gobbled up by administrative costs. We will never forget our sponsors' kindness.
We hope you can join us on Sunday, September 16th. We have three distances mapped out in the beautiful Oley Valley. See this website for details. In addition to the breathtaking views, you will meet the winners of the grants we awarded last year, and learn first-hand how those funds are now hard at work.
Thank you again; we hope to see you on Sunday, September 16th!
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