Upstate News

June 14, 2010

Upstate breast cancer studies to be funded by Baldwin Foundation’s Ride for Research

Carol M. Baldwin Foundation’s Ride for Research
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — This year’s Carol M. Baldwin Foundation’s Ride for Research will have a decidedly downtown Syracuse feel to it, when it rolls out this fall to raise money for cancer research at Upstate Medical University.

For the first time since its inception in 2003, the Ride for Research will take place in downtown Syracuse Sept. 19 thanks in large part to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and National Grid who are two of main sponsors for this year’s event.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is offering its location as the staging area for the 60-mile motorcycle ride and National Grid is offering up its nearby parking lots to accommodate 1,000 bikers who are expected to make this year’s Ride for Research the largest ever.

“The overwhelming support from so many have made this opportunity come true,” said the foundation’s Beth Baldwin. “Our supporters and sponsors are essential to our success as they allow all the money we raise to go directly to breast cancer research.”

This year’s ride also will benefit from a one-of-a-kind blue and chrome motorcycle, which features twisted metal design components for a special reason.

“The theme of the bike is to ‘twist out cancer,’” said the bike’s designer, Pat Briggs, who owns and operates County Line Choppers in Phoenix.

Briggs designed the bobber-style bike for the Baldwin Foundation, but his inspiration for the design’s theme was personal: Briggs’s mother is a cancer survivor. She had a double mastectomy and is going strong.

The bike is valued at $35,000 and will be given away during the Sept. 19 event. Raffle tickets can be purchased from now until the race date at various locations across the county. The bike will also be on display at numerous locations throughout upstate New York this summer, including the New York State Fair, Aug. 26 through Sept. 6, at the Baldwin Foundation exhibit. Tickets are $10; or 3 for $25, 7 for $50.

Baldwin expects the Ride for Research to bring in more than $80,000, all of which will go to Upstate Medical University to support breast cancer research. Since the 2002, the Baldwin Foundation has contributed more than $1.4 million to Upstate researchers.

This year, the Foundation has awarded three Upstate researchers with $50,000 grants, each named for a local woman who died from breast cancer. In addition, the foundation has established a Endowed Lectureship in honor of a cancer survivor.

A grant in honor Jannine M. Roehm of Baldwinsville (diagnosed in 2002, died in 2006 at age 48) has been awarded to Ziewi Huang, Ph.D., for work on development of a drug that may potentially prevent metastasis, whichis the principal cause of death in breast cancer

A grant in honor of Diane C. Vogler of Syracuse (diagnosed in 1988, died in xx at age xx), has been award to Ying Huang, M.D., Ph.D., to further work on an herbal medicine commonly used in anti-viral and anti-bacterial treatments in Asia as a possible therapeutic approach to fight breast cancer.

A grant in honor of Patricia Covey Bailey of Syracuse, (diagnosed in 2007, died in 2008 at age 48) has been awarded to Bryan S. Magulies, Ph.D., for studies on how breast tumor cells interact with bone marrow that might offer insights into new therapies to prevent cancer from metastasizing to the bone.

A grant in honor of Gina Fayette-Sherlock of Chittenango has been established to bring a leading breast cancer researcher and clinical to Central New York to present a public lecture on breast cancer this year. Fayette-Sherlock is a Mexico Middle School teacher who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Two surgeries and subsequent radiation therapy, she is now cancer free and seeking to helping others with breast cancer.

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