Courage Ride raises funds for sarcoma research

The 2017 Courage Ride raised $60,000 to advance sarcoma-related research at University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. At a Nov. 8 ceremony, members of the Courage Ride committee presented a check to Ben Miller, MD, orthopedic surgeon, and Munir Tanas, MD, pathologist, co-leaders of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Multidisciplinary Oncology Group, the dedicated care team for patients affected by sarcoma.

“This event gives us an opportunity to thank members of Courage Ride for their efforts throughout the year and recognize how important their work is to our program,” said Miller.

Proceeds from the Courage Ride support sarcoma-related research through the establishment of seed grants. The funds also support the Sarcoma Tissue Repository (STiR)—part of the UI Molecular Epidemiological Resource—which contains more than 340 unique tumor specimens that represent nearly all 50 types of sarcoma.

Courage Ride is an annual bike ride through rural Iowa that honors the life of Seth Bailey. Since 2005, it has raised over $380,000 for sarcoma research. All proceeds from the event benefit the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Program.

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