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I came to Fred Hutch two months after my aunt died from ovarian cancer. Our family provided her hospice care while she closed her life, an experience that was at once intense and peaceful. I think we all hope we made her journey easier. Yet, the outcome wasn't fair or acceptable. Her life was far too short for such a kind person.
At just the same time, we learned my grandmother had cancer as well. The chemotherapy she underwent extended her life, but she too lost the battle.
When a job opportunity came up to be a part of the Hutch, I was excited to join this amazing research center and its noble efforts. Fred Hutch's mission is to eliminate cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. This is a cause I can get behind, professionally and personally. Moreoever, the center has rallied around a campaign to cure cancer by 2025. Ambitious, yes, but feasible!
Obliteride is a fun community event that is important for raising research funds. It is also a celebration of life and love. I ride for the challenge. I ride for Martha and Nelma. I ride to support Fred Hutch.