I have now survived three cancers: testicular 19 years ago, leukemia 9 years ago, and bladder cancer this year. But my type of leukemia had no cure, other than with a stem cell transplant. Stem cell transplants were developed and perfected at Fred Hutch in Seattle by researchers under the leadership of the Nobel winning E. Donnall Thomas. Without that life-saving, near-miraculous treatment I would not be writing you today, I wouldn’t have lived to see my three grandchildren, who are the lights of my life, and I wouldn’t be enjoying a healthy, active retirement.
More than 300 Fred Hutch labs and projects are working hard to save the lives of people all over the world by conducting innovative, high-impact cancer research at a time of flat federal funding. I'm committed to supporting these labs so they can continue to produce the sort of lifesaving treatments from which I have benefited.
On Saturday, August 10, my wife Susan and I, along with our team of "Equipe Rouge," will ride for the seventh year in a row in the Obliteride, to raise as much money as possible to help Fred Hutch continue to find new and better ways to treat and cure cancer. Please join us in this work. You can donate to our ride by clicking the link, and helping Fred Hutch find cures for cancer faster!