Stem cell transplants require patients and their caregivers to stay in Louisville at least 100 days after their treatment, requiring them to stay in hotels or rent apartments for months at a time. This becomes very expensive for patients and their families already dealing with the outstanding costs associated with a cancer diagnosis.
The Bike for Bone Marrow Transplant with CycleBar St. Matthews is a special indoor cycling ride raising funds for UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. The cost to ride is a $25 donation, which goes directly to a BMT patient housing fund used to assist patients with housing costs as they recover from a stem cell transplant.
The event is Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. CycleBar St. Matthews is located at 4600 Shelbyville Road, in the Shelbyville Road Plaza near Trader Joe’s. Cycle shoes are provided.
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“We hope to fill all of the bikes so we can raise at least $1,000,” Laura Jones, organizer of the event and a social worker at UofL Brown Cancer Center, said. All proceeds from this ride will go directly to a fund used to assist with BMT patient housing.
If you are unable to attend the event, you can donate to UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center online at: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1157/giving/ulh/index-jgbcc.aspx?sid=1157&gid=1&pgid=336&cid=886.
About Stem Cell Transplant
UofL Brown Cancer Center is one of only two bone marrow transplant centers in the state. As a result, the UofL Brown Cancer Center receives referrals from all over Kentucky for patients with life-threatening blood and marrow cancers. Bone marrow transplant, or stem cell transplant, is a high-risk procedure used to cure or prolong disease-free survival in patients with cancers of the blood and marrow, most commonly leukemia and myeloma.
The process of stem cell transplantation involves a long hospital stay in which patients receive high dose chemotherapy, used to essentially “wipe out” their immune systems. Patients then receive stem cells, either from their own peripheral blood or a donor, to assist in recovery and help the production of new and healthy blood cells.
Due to the risks involved with transplant, which include increased susceptibility to infection, graft versus host disease, and death, patients and their caregivers are required to stay in the Louisville area for at least 100 days after their treatment. UofL Brown Cancer Center treats many patients who live hours away from Louisville, and many are required to stay in hotels or rent apartments for months at a time.