10th Annual Coast to Coast for a Cure

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Date(s) - 06/01/2015 - 07/30/2015
All Day

 

 

Coast to Coast is a Trans-America bike ride to raise awareness and money in an effort to improve the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma through research.

Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, Inc. Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research was formed in 1998 to honor the memory of Lea Michele Economos who lost her battle with leukemia at age 28 after an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant. Since the inception of Lea’s Foundation, millions of dollars have been raised to help others celebrate life and to raise money for those suffering from leukemia and other blood-related disorders. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to increase public awareness of these cancers and to provide patients and their families with limited direct financial

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Cruising Cross-country to Combat Leukemia Article

Click here for the UConn Med Students Complete Milestone Cross-country Bike Trek

 

Meet the Riders

Carolyn Tusa

Carolyn Tusa

Carolyn Tusa grew up in Ridgefield, CT and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology. Carolyn is now a first year medical student at UConn and is interested in primary care and family medicine. In spare time, Carolyn enjoys hiking,triathlons, and yoga and is very excited to journey across the country for the Coast to Coast ride this summer to support Lea’s Foundation.

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Thomas Presti

Thomas Presti

Thomas Presti grew up in Madison, CT. and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is currently a first year medical student at UConn School of Medicine. Tom enjoys sailing and skiing with his free time, and is looking forward the coast to coast ride in support of Lea’s Foundation.

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Erin Gombos

Erin Gombos

Erin Gombos grew up in Norwalk, CT and graduated from Assumption College with degrees in Chemistry and Molecular Biology. She spent two years after college performing research at the National Institutes of Health studying Pediatric Oncology. She is now a first year medical student at UConn School of Medicine. Erin played lacrosse in college and started competing in sprint triathlons. She is excited to take part in the Coast to Coast ride for Lea’s Foundation.

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Alex Tansey

Alex Tansey

Alex Tansey grew up in Southbury, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Alex loves to spend winters snowboarding and summers surfing. He is excited to put the boards away and spend his upcoming summer riding across the country with his fellow first year Medical Students to raise money for Lea’s Foundation.

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David Lam

David Lam

David Lam grew up in Madison, CT and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, with degrees in Political Science and Public Health. He is currently a first year medical student at UConn School of Medicine. David enjoys working out, watching and playing sports, playing his cello and saxophone, and cooking when he’s not cramming for school. He is extremely excited about the opportunity to help support Lea’s Foundation this year and is looking forward to the unique chance to bike across the United States with his peers.

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Alex Blanchette

Alex Blanchette

Alex Blanchette grew up in Glastonbury, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences. As a first year medical student at UConn, he enjoys playing soccer, running, and mountain biking in his spare time. Alex enthusiastically looks forward to his participation in the 10th annual Coast to Coast ride with Lea’s Foundation.

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Where Your Money Goes

  • Help underwrite the Saint Francis Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center. These funds will have a profound effect on patients and their families and will be utilized to coordinate and support participation in clinical trials to test recently discovered new drugs.
  • Help support clinical trials conducted on leukemia patients mostly under the age of 15 at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.