A Reason to Ride 2008
BIDMC patient and brain tumor survivor finds "Reason to Ride"
September 7, 2008
On a sunny Saturday in September, Tom DesFosses, BIDMC patient and brain tumor survivor, found a reason to ride. In the second annual "Reason to Ride" bike-a-thon, DesFosses and more than 100 other cyclists pedaled from the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers across the scenic North Shore of Massachusetts to raise awareness and critical funds for brain tumor research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Diagnosed with primary CNS lymphoma, a cancerous brain tumor, more than four and a half years ago, DesFosses launched "A Reason to Ride" in 2007 to benefit Dr. Eric Wong's Brain Tumor Research Fund and the Dr. Lewis Cantley's General Cancer Research Fund-the two BIDMC doctors DesFosses credits with saving his life. His solo effort in 2007 raised more than $15,000, and fundraising totals for this year's ride are still being tallied. With more than 100 riders, media coverage by WROR FM, and vendors such as Ski Market and Kelly's Roast Beef, DesFosses has established an event that will run year after year, with more and more people joining in the fight against brain cancer.
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