Riding in memory of my family
Breakthrough Bike Challenge's (“Breakthrough”) mission is to raise money to support researchers at Penn Medicine's Abraham Cancer. The Abraham Cancer is one of the leading institutions for cancer research. Breakthrough plays a critical role by providing funding for early stage research for which there are limited funding sources. It is analogous to providing venture capital seed funding to leading young researchers engaged in the latest cutting edge cancer research. It was inspiring and exciting to see the extraordinary research results produced by the researchers funded by Breakthrough during their presentation to the Breakthrough participants. Witnessing Breakthrough’s direct impact was a unique and special experience. You can view the researchers from 2017 in the Breakthrough website (http://www.breakthroughbikechallenge.org) under Research / Richard “Buz” Cooper Scholars 2017.
This ride also has special meaning because cancer has impacted my family in many ways. Many of my family members lost their lives to cancer. My brother (Robert Lee) had Leukemia; my mother (Young Soo Lee) had breast cancer and angiosarcoma, and my brother-in-law (Luke Kim) had lung cancer. I ride in their memory with the confidence that we will eventually discover cures for this challenging disease.
Breakthrough is targeting to raise $300,000 or more. I am personally targeting to raise $3000.
The ride is on Sunday, September 16th and I will be riding 50 miles which includes some challenging climbs.
Your support would be greatly appreciated and you will be making a real impact. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.
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