This dedicated group will ride again on May 31, 2015
"The care that the doctors delivered to my husband Muscoe, and the care with which it was delivered, made all the difference during his cancer journey." — Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH, grateful family member
A diagnosis of glioblastoma is a devastating piece of news for patients and their loved ones. This aggressive form of brain cancer has no cure and treatment options have varying degrees of success. At Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, physician-scientists work tirelessly to develop the latest personalized, innovative therapies that hold promise to one day turn the tide on brain cancer.
For Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH, Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing and Chair of Behavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing, the ACC's efforts strike a very personal note. Her husband, Muscoe, an accomplished architect and loving father, was diagnosed with glioblastoma. His fight and ability to remain strong in the face of an incredibly challenging cancer diagnosis, was an inspiration. Jennifer was struck by the commitment of Muscoe’s doctors, Timothy H. Lucas Jr., MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, and Arati S. Desai, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. "We always felt like they had all the time in the world to answer our questions and to care for us," shared Jennifer.
Jennifer, motivated both by Muscoe's fight and the level of care by his doctors, set out to raise support for Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center. She joined with a group of friends to create the Breakthrough Bike Challenge in 2014, an event that brought together cyclists for a ride in Valley Forge to raise support for the ACC. The ride was an overwhelming success, raising over $50,000 in its inaugural year to fund glioblastoma and lymphoma research at Penn.
This year, on May 31, cyclists will once again gear up and hit the road. The Breakthrough Bike Challenge leadership team—which includes Jennifer, Chris Hall, Randy Bown, Jeff Krieger, and Ernie Tracy—believes this is just the beginning and that their event will continue to gain traction, funding cancer research in a strategic way and rewarding the most promising lines of research. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from the Breakthrough Bike Challenge will support the research of junior investigators through a pilot program at the ACC.
While this year's ride is poised to become another resounding success, there will be a noticeable absence in the crowd of supporters. Muscoe Martin passed away in December 2014. Despite the fact that he will not be physically present for the 2nd Annual Breakthrough Bike Challenge, his presence will no doubt be felt by everyone, and the impact of the work of Muscoe, Jennifer, and others will be felt as the ACC continues to make advances—rather, breakthroughs—in the treatment of cancer.
Please visit breakthroughbikechallenge.org to read more about the ride and become involved in this phenomenal fundraising effort that brings hope to patients everywhere. To get involved in raising funds for glioblastoma research, click here, or contact Andrew Bellet at 215-573-0548 or email@example.com.