The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center recently hosted a visit by Cyclists Combating Cancer, a group of cyclists from around the country made up of cancer survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. The group is using cycling to spread an important message, according to spokesperson Cindi Hart: "Cancer isn't contagious, but hope is!"
The riders spent several hours at UMGCC, taking a tour of the cancer center, meeting patients, nurses and other staff, connecting with our Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults program, and talking with physician researchers who are conducting NCI-funded cancer research here at Maryland. The cyclists invited those who have been affected by cancer to sign a banner that they planned to deliver to legislators on Capitol Hill.
The visit was part of the group's “Spokes of Hope” ride, during which they were stopping at NCI-designated cancer centers across the country. Their end destination was Washington, D.C., where, on September 16, they planned to invite lawmakers to join them on bikes and ride to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The goal of the ride is to raise awareness about the need for funding for cancer research.