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MCW supports the LLS annual bike ride

June 10, 2014 College News - A team of faculty and staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour in July. Mark Kostic, M.D. (emergency medicine); Steve Leuthner, M.D., M.A. (pediatrics/neonatology); Joe Bovi, M.D. (radiation oncology); Sara Swanson, Ph.D. (neurology/psychology); and Ryan Spellecy, Ph.D. (bioethics) will ride with MCW’s Team Jill, led by David Sabsevitz, Ph.D., (neurology).

Dr. Sabsevitz started Team Jill in honor of his sister, who died from acute myeloid leukemia in 2006. “After her death, I wanted to dedicate my research efforts to cancer,” said Dr. Sabsevitz, who is the director of the neuropsychology brain tumor lab at MCW.

Dr. Spellecy joined the team to show support for his colleague, Tom Chelius (epidemiology), who is a seven year survivor of myeloma, and also because his research involvement in the cause.

As part of the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research, “my research involves improving informed consent documents for clinical trial patients of leukemia and lymphoma,” said Dr. Spellecy.  

The LLS founded the Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour 22 years ago to raise money for research and support for blood cancer patients. The LLS’s mission is “to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”

Last year, the LLS raised over a million dollars from participants and donors of the Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour. The funds provide financial aid to blood cancer patients, support group services to patients’ families, one-on-one health care specialists support to patients, and hope to all patients.

This year, the Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour will be held on July 19th and 20th. The 150-mile ride departs from Mequon on Saturday with a 75 mile ride to Manitowoc, and riders complete the trek to Sturgeon Bay (75 miles) on Sunday. A bus returns them to Mequon.

Dr. Sabsevitz is recruiting additional team members for this year’s ride. To join the team, register through this link: goo.gl/rr8c7t.

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