In Loving Memory of Jeff Koch
Jeff was – and remains – the inspiration for team Tour de Cure.
After being misdiagnosed locally, Jeff was correctly diagnosed with liposarcoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center three years ago. The doctors were ultimately able to save Jeff’s leg; and four months after surgery to remove his tumor, the avid cyclist was back on his bike.
Jeff and his wife Patty originally launched team Tour de Cure to give back to MSK and to make sure that more treatment options might become available for rare cancer patients like him.
The cancer was relentless, repeatedly finding its way back, but Jeff fought with courage, dignity, and grace. He never gave up hope that a cure would be found. His strength was inspiring.
Even when health complications made it impossible for Jeff himself to ride, his commitment to Cycle for Survival was unwavering. He was at every event: leading the conga lines, waving his pompoms, and doing all that he could to show his enthusiasm for the mission and his gratitude to the friends & family who had joined him in the fight to beat rare cancers. Jeff rode to raise funds for the research and clinical trials that gave him and others hope. Jeff’s memory will be carried on by his wife and future daughter and we will continue the fight so that one day a cure can be found.
Please consider joining us by making a donation in Jeff’s honor.
Here’s how your gift will make an impact:
50% of People with Cancer Have a Rare Cancer
When combined, rare cancers make up approximately half of patients fighting cancer. Rare cancers—such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovarian, pancreatic, and pediatric cancers—are diseases we all know. These patients often face little to no treatment options because rare cancer research is underfunded.
100% Goes to Lifesaving Research Led by MSK
Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. Every dollar you give will advance innovative research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering. This work has the power to revolutionize how cancer is diagnosed and treated worldwide.
6 Months for Fast Impact
Your gift will be in the hands of doctors and researchers within six months of the events. There’s no time to waste: with your help, new discoveries will be made each year.
Thank you for your support.