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Mersina Ruediger

Team Name:  Hope on Wheels West
Years Participated: First Year

Location:   Seattle, WA:

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In November 2017 I was diagnosed with cancer. There was so much fear and so much unknown, but what I didnt expect was how difficult it would be to diagnose. I had a rare type of tumor that couldn't be defined by a name or location, which meant there was very little data on how to treat it. The best guess was that I had some type of sarcoma which in and of itself is a rare kind of cancer. Over the next year I went through grueling chemotherapy treatments but the cancer still spread. I was running out of options and running out of strength. My amazing oncologist proposed trying immunotherapy. Its a relatively new type of treatment, which hasn't yet been studied on very many types of cancers, much less mine. I became a one woman experiment and the experiment was successful. I've been cancer free for 6 months and it never escapes me how lucky I am.

What I've been through is not unique. I was astounded to learn that 50% of all cancers are considered rare. While I have been lucky, there are so many who are not. We need more treatment options and ultimately more cures. I promised myself that I would give back in hopes that no one would go through what I went through. I learned about Cycle for Survival, and their mission to fund rare cancer research aligned perfectly with what I wanted to accomplish. So with this amazing team, some who have battled cancer themselves and some who have lost loved ones, we will do what we can to contribute. Thank you for supporting us!



Some stats:

50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
Did you know that, when combined, about half of all patients fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer? These are cancers you’ve likely heard of — such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, brain, pancreatic, and all pediatric cancers.

100% of Your Donation Supports Research
Every dollar you give funds innovative studies and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Discoveries made by MSK revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated, helping patients everywhere.

6 Months for Fast Impact
Rare cancer research is underfunded, and too often people don’t have proven treatments. Time matters. Your gift will be in the hands of researchers six months after fundraising ends and, as a donor, you will learn about the projects supported.



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