Using a medical research grant from the MSU Gran Fondo, 26-year old gran fondo cyclist and Ph.D. student, Sean Misek made a research discovery that might help more people (and cyclists) beat the most deadly form of skin cancer -melanoma.
Misek discovered that new combinations of existing cancer drugs may prevent melanoma from becoming resistant to treatment. It is estimated that the research results could help 50% of the melanoma patients whose cancer becomes drug resistant.
“We couldn’t have done any of it without [MSU] Gran Fondo,” Misek told the university newspaper MSU TODAY.
Now heading into its 8th season, the MSU Gran Fondo is held every June in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan USA with all proceeds going to skin cancer awareness, prevention and research at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. To date, over $1,000,000 has been raised by the gran fondo.
This year over 2000 riders participated, including Sean Misek and riders from throughout the United States, Canada and even one from Thailand.
Celebrity athletes also participated, including five-time Tour de France rider Christian Vande Velde and Kikkan Randall, World Champion skier, gold medalist and cancer survivor.
The 2020 MSU Gran Fondo will be on June 27th.