UCI Anti-Cancer Fundraising Ride
Hi Friends, Family, and many I have yet had the pleasure to meet,
For those who I do not know, my name is Brandon Sawyer, and I am currently a 3rd-year OBGYN resident at the University of California, Irvine. This email has found its way into your inbox via a network of lovely people.
After completing residency, my future career goal is to become a cancer surgeon for women, correctly named a Gynecologic Oncologist. With lady luck on my side, I am well on my way to accomplishing this goal. I have one year left of my OBGYN residency and am currently applying to Gynecology Oncology fellowships. I am very excited and look forward to continuing my education and training in the treatment of gynecologic cancers.
In the meantime, I have joined the UC, Irvine Anti-Cancer Fundraising challenge and bike ride. In just under a month, I will join hundreds of other riders to raise awareness and funding to battle cancer.
The statistics regarding women's cancers are alarming. According to American Cancer Society statistics, roughly 100,000 women will be diagnosed with a gynecologic malignancy this year, and 30,000 will die from the disease. What might be more shocking to learn is that these numbers don't include breast cancers. Importantly, however, times are a changing! Our understanding of cancer biology and genetics is expanding
Since moving to California for residency, my family has had the privilege to become close with the Barth/Kredell family, and they have become our second family. I will never be able to repay the kindness that this family has bestowed upon mine. You will never meet nicer people and is why I am dedicating my fundraising and ride to them. Cancer has unfairly affected the Barth/Kredell family. The Barth/Kredell family lost Klaus Barth, a loving husband, and father, to a rare form of brain cancer roughly ten years ago. Unthinkably, approximately one year ago Klaus' daughter, Brianne Barth, lost her valiant fight against cervical cancer. While still grieving, the Barth/Kredell family has not failed to be the most exceptionally giving and caring family. Heroically, their eldest daughter Kristin, sister to Brianne, has recently undergone multiple procedures to decrease her risk of developing cancer as she carries a genetic mutation that significantly increased her lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
In an attempt to show my support and appreciation for their kindness, I will be riding and fundraising in honor of Klaus, Brianne, Kristin and the rest of the Barth/Kredell family.
To participant in the ride, I need to raise at least $1,000. However, I say go for it. Let's see what we can do and raise as much as we can for cancer research directed through the UCI Chao Cancer Center.
As I recently just joined, I have yet to raise the $1,000, so I NEED YOUR HELP. I know everyone's ability to help varies, but REALLY, no amount is too small. Think of it as skipping one of your daily Venti-Super-Frappuccino-Mocha-chocolaty-extra shot-extra whip-hold the guilt Starbucks nightmares you treat yourself to during a tough day. Heck, those things are like 13 bucks!
Seriously though, even $5 is awesome.
Below is the rider form email sent out from the ride organizers on what your donation will help fund and accomplish.
I hope this email finds you well and please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Brandon Sawyer MD
Co-Education Chief Resident
University of California, Irvine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Can you imagine the world without cancer?
I joined the Anti-Cancer Challenge because I believe together we can create a cancer-free world for our family, friends, and neighbors. Cancer can be over 100 different diseases, and we ride to find cures for cancer in all its forms. 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to lifesaving cancer research at the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
You can join me in the Anti-Cancer movement. Make a donation to help me meet my fundraising goal. Join my team as a rider of any distance, stationary rider, 5K runner, volunteer or even as a virtual participant. Learn more at Anti-CancerChallenge.org.
Are you ready to rise to the challenge and put cancer behind us? Join me!
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