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This year I am proud to be a part of the UCI School of Medicine graduate team, The Oncoslayers, and ride 100 miles to fight cancer!
I joined the Anti-Cancer Challenge for my mother who is a breast cancer survivor and as a PhD student who is dedicated to cancer-related research.
Although I was very young when my mother was diagnosed with cancer, it had a huge impact on my family's life growing up. My mother completely changed her lifestyle after her diagnosis and implemented her newly found health-concious ways into her family's daily life. In retrospect, her cancer diagnosis and growing up in a health-concious household was a key motivating factor for me to pursue a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences and seeded my overal interest in the health sciences.
Today, I continue to follow the footsteps of my mother by using my gradute school-trained scientific literacy to implement science-backed health related activities in my (and my partner's) life. In 2014 I recieved a scholarship from the UCI Anteater Recreaction Center (ARC) to become a yoga teacher (RYT 200 hr) and have since taught yoga regularly at the ARC. My husband and I have been on an anti-cancer plant based diet for over 3 years, and have developed a healthy hobby of road cycling on the weekends.
My passion for health extends to my research in the Limoli lab at UCI Dept. of Radiation Oncology. As advances in science continue to increase overal cancer survival rates, many frontline cancer treatments (i.e. radiotherapy and chemotherapy) can cause devestating, often irreversible toxic side effects that can greatly impact survivors' and their families' quality of life. My research aims to define gender-specific mechanisms of neurotoxicity and cognitive effects of radiation and chemotherapy in an effort to find novel approaches to protect cancer survivors from these long term effects.
If you are inspired by my story and motivation to ride 100 miles for cancer research, please consider donating your time or money to the ANIT-Cancer Challenge on my behalf!
Thank you for your time and help! I look forward to meeting you on June 8th! Ride on!
Please join me in the fight against cancer in one of two ways:
- Make a fast, easy, and safe tax-deductible donation to help me meet my fundraising goal. 100% of proceeds go directly to life-saving cancer research at the UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Every gift - no matter the size - makes an impact on the cancer fight.
- Join my team to ride, run, walk, volunteer on Saturday, June 8 at Aldrich Park at the University of California, Irvine.
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