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I am a Cancer Researcher

My Fundraising Progress

Goal $100.00
$25,000.00 Stretch


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Nancy Dawson's story

As co-captain of the Capital Georgetown-MedStar Cancer Institute team, I invite you to join me on a bicycle ride to support cancer research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University Hospital. If you or your family member have had or been affected by prostate, bladder, kidney or testicular cancer, I urge you to support us in this endeavor to make a difference in our hope to push back cancer through cutting edge research.

Even though I have not ridden a bike in 40 years (since when bike helmets were not required), I have taken the motto of the Little Engine That Could ("I think I can, I think I can") to get back on a bike and ride with my team! You can see where that has brought me in the spot below.

I have specialized in prostate cancer since 1985 (the first woman in the USA to do so) and have designed and conducted clinical trials for prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers ever since. I previously had a 20-year military career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army for Hematology and Oncology. I joined the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2007 as Professor of Medicine and Oncology and as director of the Genito-urinary Medical Oncology Program at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and I lead the Genitourinary Program for the Georgetown-MedStar Cancer Institute. I have been an active promoter of research collaboration in the Greater Washington area through the non-profit group GUMDROP (Genito Urinary Multidisciplinary DC Regional Oncology Project), that offers easy access to prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer clinical trials in the DMV area through its website gumdroptrials.org (see photograph below).

However, it's not my work or accomplishments, but rather your commitment and participation that now matters to advance the cause towards a world with less suffering from cancer. So do come along for the ride and have a good time while you are at it! I would enjoy seeing you at events before and during the ride as well. We welcome all bike riders to join us.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And please forward this invitation to your friends, family, and anyone else you think would like to help. Thank you for supporting my Virtual Ride.

Nancy Dawson's photos