Fight head and neck cancer with Tjoson
My bike ride is dedicated to Mr John Tremblay, a patient of mine who was diagnosed with an advanced stage tongue cancer in August of 2016. He underwent a 10 hour surgery to remove the cancer and reconstruct his tongue with a living tissue transplant from his arm. Initially, he was dependent on a feeding tube for nutrition and a tracheostomy tube in his neck for breathing, with his arm in a splint. However, he is now 7 months recovered from surgery, breathing normally, and eating once again. Most importantly, he is cancer-free. He has always been an avid cyclist, and he has started riding once again, slowly increasing his mileage. His cancer and recovery had such an effect on his life, he got his first tattoo ever after surgery, of a skeleton on a bike with a cancer ribbon hanging on it (See photo).
To celebrate his recovery, he and I are doing a 30 mile bike ride together for the UC Irvine Anti-Cancer Challenge on June 11. The Anti-Cancer Challenge is a movement of people committed to optimizing treatments for cancer. Our mission is to raise as much as possible to find cures for cancer, including those that affect the head and neck.
Anti-Cancer Challenge proceeds go directly to lifesaving cancer research at the UCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. As one of only 47 National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer centers, the innovative research done at UCI is developing new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Alone we are strong, together we are unstoppable. Join us in the anti-cancer movement. Make a donation, join our team, and tell everyone you know to get involved with the Anti-Cancer Challenge.
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