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Glenn Ring

Team Name:  Gray Matter
Years Participated: Eighth Year

Location:   Long Island, NY:

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I'm riding in Cycle for Survival to raise money to fund lifesaving rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Together we can ensure tangible progress and give real hope to patients and their loved ones worldwide.

Here are two important facts you should know:
100% of every dollar you give will go directly to pioneering research within six months of the events.
Cycle for Survival has contributed to more than 100 clinical trials and research studies, and also to major research initiatives that will change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Why do I ride?
I ride for Sue. Sue is a childhood friend that in 2011 was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, brain cancer. She has endured 2 surgeries to remove the original tumor and when it grew back. This was followed by chemo and radiation. It’s been almost 3 years and she is still fighting. With the help of MSKCC and prayers from family and friends, she’s in that rare group that is beating the odds. Unfortunately cancer never sleeps and in August of 2013 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery and chemo she’s doing well and is making and the future looks bright. Then in November of 2014 she took a turn for the worse and slowly deteriorated. In March of 2015 she passed away after a 4 year battle.

I ride for my dad, Seymour Ring, who at the age of 53 passed away from prostate cancer. The treatment he received back in 1979 seems like the Stone Age compared to now. Advances developed by MSKCC and other cancer centers have made this cancer very survivable with early diagnosis.

I ride for my mother, Betty Ring,who passed away last June from lung cancer. 3 years ago she was diagnosed with rather rare GIST (Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumor) in her stomach, which was removed. During the follow up they found a mass in her lung and she was diagnosed with Stage 1 Lung Cancer. Now she’ll have to endure Cyber Knife to treat this. Six months later they found another tumor in her other lung. At 85 years old she needed surgery to remove it. At 87 she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer and is receiving a targeted treatment. March of 2018 the targeted therapy became ineffective and she was out of options. June she went into the hospital and it was obvious that she was never going to go back to her independent life. Within a few days her organs began to shut down and we brought in hospice. On June 7th, 2018 she passed away.

I ride for my Aunt, Martha Arenstein, who had breast cancer in the 60s. My aunt was able to afford the best care money could buy and lived a full life to the age of 91. Everyone should have the opportunity regardless of economics to have the best care.

I ride for my cousin Lois, who after finding a lump in her breast, they not only found she had breast cancer, she had lung cancer. After treatment then found a different tumor in her other lung.
I ride for all the children that have rare cancers. Growing up is hard enough for kids, they should not have the fight for their lives.

Finally, I ride for myself. Prostate cancer runs in my family, and it’s not a matter of if, but of when for me. Funding research opens new doors for treatment and possible cures and prevention for my family.

What can you do today?

Donate to my ride to support lifesaving research!

Remember, every dollar helps cancer patients around the world.

Together, we can truly make an impact. Thank you for your support!


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