The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation made significant strides towards its mission to eradicate cancer. Before COVID-19, I was planning to help the foundation move forward by raising money through my participation in either the Spartan Race or the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. But social distancing restrictions have led to the decision for both events to be cancelled. No one is sure when or if they will be rescheduled for this year.
I still want to raise money for the foundation because the scientists SWCRF are funding needs to stay on course in when they're able to return to their labs. Though SWCRF funded labs can continue some work remotely, such as planning experiments, analyzing data, and writing manuscripts, cancer discovery science is a real-life, not a virtual pursuit. Much of the work of the SWCRF investigators involves probing of cancer cells grown in the lab, synthesizing new therapeutic agents, and testing these in pre-clinical models. These experiments cannot be performed remotely. As a result, such work has dramatically slowed during this period.
Laboratories will need a boost to make up some of this lost time and to reignite a new period of discovery once the wave of COVID-19 has passed. With our help, the labs we fund will get up and running as quickly as possible.
My goal is help in the plans to raise $2,500 to support these labs. Together with my co-participants, we hope to raise $75,000, the amount the endurance events combined would have raised if COVID-19 restrictions did not happen. Please donate to my fundraising page to help the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. And CLICK HERE to see if your employer will match your gift at no cost to you.
Thank you and thank you for your support to help eradicate cancer.