I am participating in the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge to raise funds and awareness for critical cancer research! Challenge day is Saturday, October 7th, 2023 at the UCI Campus in Irvine, CA.
Cancer affects us all and I want to do what I can to support research that has the potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those who have been affected. You can help me support this important cause by donating today. Every dollar raised goes directly to pilot projects and early phase clinical trials that aim to develop new insights into cancer prevention, treatment and cures — to save lives.
In February 2022, I was diagnosed with Stage IV Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma (aka Bile Duct Cancer). This cancer is incredibly rare, with less than 10,000 people diagnosed in the United States per year. For comparison, one of the most common cancers in the US is Breast Cancer, with just under 300,000 people diagnosed per year. Because of the rarity, the amount of research and treatment options is vastly limited, and there is currently no cure for this disease. Even if I am able to reduce or eliminate my tumors, I will still be on some form of maintenance treatment for the rest of my life.
Last year for the 2022 Anti-Cancer Challenge in October, I pledged to raise money for cancer research for the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Every single dollar fundraised from the participants of this this challenge goes towards cancer research, and what better place to go to than the place where I get my life saving treatment. The Chao Cancer Center is near and dear to my heart, and not only did I begin my chemotherapy treatment here, but I am now in a clinical trial that has undergone research at the very facility. This fundraiser opens the doors to new opportunities in cancer research and education. The money that you help raise directly benefits people like me, and for that, I cannot express my gratitude enough.
TeamNeush was the LARGEST TEAM to grace the Anti-Cancer Challenge not only last year, but since its inception seven years ago (so I’ve been told!). How amazing is it that so many people rallied with me to bring awareness and raise funds for cancer research?! Can we do it again this year? Will you join me to bringing in an even bigger team and increase the money raised?! Your support, big or small, virtual or in-person, means so much to me personally, but also to the people like me that are still in this fight.
Together, let's make a real impact in the fight against cancer and CRUSH IT.
The UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge is an activity of the University of California, Irvine Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax ID 95-2540117.
Funds raised support the most promising research at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and CHOC.