Riders For The Cure - Working to Cure Cancer

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Welcome to Riders for the Cure.org

Our History

Riders for the Cure was founded in 2006 by Dr. Samuel Hassenbusch, M.D., Ph.D., and Patrick Browning, J.D., M.H.A., both employees and avid motorcycle riders. The original purpose of Riders for the Cure was to serve as a voice for employee motorcycle riders but it was quickly realized that based on the club membership more substantial goals could be advanced and achieved. Today Riders for the Cure boasts over 150 current employees representing physician, administrative, clinical, operational, and support constituencies. The club is also open to retirees, former employees, and non-employee cancer survivors.

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Mission Statement

Riders for the Cure provides community awareness for different types of cancer and the various efforts to support research and education. As a group, we strive to promote communication and cooperation within the Texas Medical Center. We assist the MD Anderson Cancer Center in raising funds to be used toward the stated institutional mission of Making Cancer History®.

Vision Statement

Riders for the Cure will continue to provide support for future research and educational goals for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. We will continue to represent the institution in a positive light as well as in the community.

Riders for the Cure Officers

President: Patrick Browning
Vice President: Brandy Reed
Treasurer: Jason Hassenbusch
Assistant Treasurer: Cyndi Chaney
Secretary: Oliver Bogler
Assistant Secretary: Kristin Cortese
Road Captain: Jim Hudgens
Assistant Road Captain: Jan Swope
Safety Officer: Leslie Kian




Upcoming Rides

Sam’s Jam VII:

October 11, 2014

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Sams Jam VII Registration

Our seventh annual ride benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will take place in October of 2014.

Sam’s Jam is the signature event produced by RFTC. Sam’s Jam celebrates the life and work of our co-founding member Dr. Samuel Hassenbusch, M.D., Ph.D. “Dr. Sam,” as he was known, was a world-renowned neurosurgeon and researcher who lost his battle with glioblastoma multiforme in 2008. Sam’s Jam honors his spirit, his vitality and most of all, his commitment to patient care and research.

On-site registration is from 9:00am to 10:15am. Leaving Stubbs at 10:30am.

Ride for Life 2015:

June 6, 2015

Ride for Life, a police-escorted motorcycle ride, will take place on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The ride will start and end at Stubbs Harley-Davidson in Houston on Telephone Road. Please mark your calendar for this event. The tentative start time is 10:30am.

This event supports Anderson Network’s annual patient and caregiver conference held in September. The ride is one of many events commemorating National Cancer Survivor’s Day at MD Anderson during the week of June 7-13. National Cancer Survivor’s Day is held annually on the first Sunday in June in hundreds of communities worldwide to celebrate survivors and their caregivers.

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Studies Currently Supported...


Phase I/II study of reirradiation of recurrent or progressive brainstem glioma:


This study investigates the use of re-irradiation in the highly aggressive form of cancer known as brainstem glioma. This Phase I/II study will be conducted to evaluate the safety of re-irradiation with higher doses. The main goal of treatment will be to improve symptoms and quality of life. This protocol may identify the optimal dose of re-irradiation and define the efficacy, particularly regarding quality of life, therefore offering a treatment option for patients with an incurable disease.


Principal Investigator: Anita Mahajan, M.D.