During the first weekend of August, Team ASPS participated in their sixth Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) bike ride. This bike-a-thon crosses Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research and clinical trials at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Donations raised by Team ASPS are restricted for research and clinical trials that aim to find a cure for Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma.
I am very pleased to announce that this year Cure Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma International and Team ASPS raised a total of $42,160. All donations are transferred to support ASPS research in the laboratories of Dr. Glenn Dranoff and Dr. Massimo Loda at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Glenn Dranoff, who developed the GVAX clinical trial for ASPS patients, continues his studies to develop better cancer vaccine approaches. Dr. Massimo Loda does research that aims to identify new targets for therapy through the analysis of ASPS tissue samples.
I would like to extend my thanks to Team ASPS 2009, our donors, friends, family members, and to the ASPS community, for helping us in our fight to find a cure! Photos from the Team ASPS PMC 2009 bike ride below are courtesy of David Eisenberg. See more in the Facebook group dedicated to Team ASPS.
Yosef Landesman, Ph.D.
President & Cancer Research Director
Cure Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma International (iCureASPS)