BRUNSWICK, Ohio — In its second year, the Medina County Cleveland Clinic Trike & Bike fundraiser for childhood cancer research raised more money than any ride in the entire history of the event.
At this year’s event, held at Brunswick High School on September 24, dozens of 3- to 12-year-old riders raised $43,510 for charity.
Last year’s inaugural event in Brunswick took place virtually and raised $26,701.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many kids together,” says Dr. Seth Corey, a pediatric hematology, oncology, and blood and bone marrow transplant physician at the Cleveland Clinic.
Corey, who specializes in blood disorders and childhood cancer, said that while great strides have been made in treating cancers such as leukemia, others, especially brain tumors, continue to resist treatment and challenge doctors. He said that while much of his work offers hope to parents and relatives, “sometimes you can’t.”
Corey also talked about some promising areas of research, such as a process where zebrafish are injected with cancer cells that can be traced through the fish over time, giving doctors a better idea of how cancer cells move around in a human body.
“Thank you on behalf of [everyone at] my lab,” Corey said. “We can’t take these ideas and see if they work without your help.”
Meanwhile, there was an overwhelming consensus among the riders themselves, such as 4-year-old Tommy Falin from Medina, on what was the best part of the event.
“It’s going fast,” Tommy said.
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