We did it!

Thanks to your contributions, we've raised $9,396.00, helping Team Bladder Cancer surpass our goal to raise $50k already. The Urology department and many other departments around the hospital continue to raise money in advance of the official ride on October 7, with all proceeds going to support patient care and research at Columbia's cancer center. The site will remain open for donations through October 14 should you still wish to give.

HUGE thanks to all of you who have so generously donated, in particular co-riders and -swimmers/-paddle boarder Tatiana, Caroline, and Nate. This was NOT a race, but Nate finished the bike in first and Caroline led the swim, finishing the 2 miles in under 47 min. Maps of our swim and bike ride are attached.

Sincerely,

George




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Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!

Last year, I rode in the Velocity Ride to raise money for patient care and research at Columbia's Cancer Center. I road 62.5 miles from Bear Mountain down to Columbia, alongside many of my colleagues, and raised $5,000 as part of $1.4 million total raised by the ride.

This year, I've signed up again as part of the Columbia's Bladder Cancer team. I'm currently in my general surgery intern year, the first of six years I'll spend in Columbia's urology residency program. I plan to spend my career taking care of patients with urologic cancer and researching new ways to diagnose and treat those cancers. In the past year, I've spent much of my time at work with patients in various stages of treatment for kidney, bladder, prostate, and testicular cancer, and have devoted most of my research time to studying bladder cancer. I've detailed some of that work below and linked to a couple publications I've worked on. I'm very enthusiastic and honored to be part of this effort and to be at Columbia.

Unfortunately, I am slated to work the day of this year's Velocity ride, so am planning to substitute the 62.5 mile ride with a combined 30 mile ride + 2 mile swim on Martha's Vineyard on the weekend of 9/15. I have tricked my beautiful, talented, and devoted wife and two close friends, Nate and Caroline, to join me in the effort, and my mother-in-law Caroline might even honor us with her participation. I am open to adding additional obstacles/distance if anyone sees this as an inadequate substitution -- knowing that I will almost certainly regret writing this. 

You can donate by clicking above. I would be so grateful for donations of any amount at all.

Sincerely,

George

My Research: In October 2017, my colleagues and I published a meta-analysis of the largest yet studied group of invasive bladder cancer patients undergoing bladder-sparing treatment with chemotherapy and endoscopic treatment alone, a controversial approach that is gaining interest in our field. Following this, we collaborated with urologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to publish the largest clinical study of invasive bladder cancer patients managed without surgery or radiation and presented this work at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in May 2018. 

Meta-Analysis (Bladder Cancer): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=moran+bladder+meta-analysis

Multi-Institutional Study with MSKCC (Journal of Urology): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29787740

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