Willie died of osteosarcoma in 2006, after three years of intense and debilitating treatments. Osteosarcoma is among the most common cancers in young adults but is still really rare. It requires that the tumor be surgically removed. For Willie, that meant his knee and 12 inches of his femur were replaced with metal. He could no longer snowboard or play basketball, his favorite sports, so he bought a bike and became an avid cycler.
The QuadW Foundation is a group of Willie’s friends and family. He asked us to use our time and talents to seek new and better treatments for his rare cancer. We have learned that this requires collaboration, and one of the best ways we can help is to fund doctors who are working together to find better options for patients like Willie.
Doctors and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) are collaborating and leading some of the most promising development of new sarcoma treatments. Supporting MSK will benefit patients worldwide who, like Willie, have run out of options. Given that Willie cycled for his own survival, and that Cycle for Survival is part of a great institution we believe in, we are coming together to battle rare cancers with the help of our QuadW teams.
Building off of the incredible success of 2017, we have set a combined goal of $100,000 to support a sarcoma research fellow and we need your help! The QuadW Foundation is challenging its teams to work together to raise $50,000 and EACH AND EVERY gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to that $50,000.
QuadW will designate the funds raised through Cycle for Survival to the MSK sarcoma department. One hundred percent of every dollar raised will fund research. Whether you are riding or making a gift—or hopefully both—thanks for your support!
We are looking forward to reaching our goal to support sarcoma research at MSK—we know Willie is cheering us on!