SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Kicks Off 2015

After many months of hard training, the cycling road race season is finally here. The season gets into high gear this weekend with the Sequim and Mason Lake Road Race Series.

All winter long, our riders have been competing in cyclocross, grinding out weekly training rides, and attending clinics to build their cycling skills and handling abilities. The end of winter training was marked by the team’s annual training camp over President’s Day Weekend in February. The camp builds on all the hard work done during winter training with two days of lengthy rides that include challenging climbs, race simulations, and skills drills. During the evening, some of our more seasoned members gave talks on how to race, tactics, and mental toughness. The camp serves as a great place to initiate new members into the SCCA/Starbucks Cycling family and build camaraderie.

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Members of the 2015 SCCA/Starbucks cycling team at the team’s annual training camp.

To further prepare the team for race season, on February 21st, SCCA/Starbucks put on an Advanced Race Skills Clinic for women, covering such topics as pack movement, energy management, how to follow wheels, sprints as well as a mock race at the new Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. We were joined by several other local teams–Fischer Plumbing Cycling, Reliant Recovery Water p/b Old Town Bicycle, and Hagens Berman-Society Consulting Cycling–for a great day of pretend racing, allowing everybody to get over preseason race jitters and try out different team tactics.

2015-kickoffIf this weekend you happen to be on the peninsula near Sequim or in the South Sound north of Shelton, stop by to see some top flight racing as cyclists—both men and women—compete at distances between 25 and 75 miles. This year’s SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Team promises to be a strong squad, and there’s little doubt that 2015 will be a year full of excellent results. Go SCCA/Starbucks!

Lindsay Nofziger is a member of the SCCA/Starbucks Cycling Team. Her day job is Senior Research Technician at Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute in Seattle.

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    SCCA’s 2014 Annual Report

    Pages from SCCA_2014 AR_FinalSCCA’s 2014 Annual Report is hot off the presses. The theme of this year’s report is “convergence,” and it provides an overview of how exciting advances taking place at SCCA are the result of thoughtful convergences in both the lab and the clinic. A few of the topics covered in this year’s report are:

    You can download a PDF of the report here, or view it online.

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      SCCA Patient Raises More Than $25,000 for Cancer Research

      On Friday, February 20, Kevin Zelko and 250 friends celebrated his 40th birthday at Fremont Abbey. Bands played, comedians joked, and guests wore festive beach-themed costumes. But this was no ordinary birthday bash—by the end of the night, Kevin had raised more than $25,000 for cancer research at SCCA.

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      Kevin Zelko holds up the MLS Supporters’ Shield during the live auction.

      Kevin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last fall and is currently in remission after treatment at SCCA. Many will know Kevin through his work on weekends as a beer vendor at Seahawks and Mariners games, and several of the event’s auction items reflected his love of Seattle sports, including signed Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders memorabilia. He is the keeper of the MLS Supporters’ Shield, and one lucky auction winner won the chance to borrow the shield for a weekend and make their soccer-loving friends jealous.

      Kevin, a former special-education teacher, is no stranger to fundraising. Last year, he was featured in USA Today for starting a fundraiser that provided Seahawks jerseys for the more than 400 students at Seattle’s Kimball Elementary School. He is also a founding member of Gorilla FC, a Seattle Sounders supporters group that gives back to the community.

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      SCCA hematologist/oncologist Dr. Edward Libby speaks to the crowd.

      Thank you Kevin for your amazing support of Hodgkin’s lymphoma research at SCCA!

      Read more about Kevin and how rituals helped him through his cancer treatment in a post he wrote for the SCCA Blog. Also, be sure to follow him on Twitter at @Msbeervendor.

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        Fill this House with Love for SCCA Patients

        fill-this-houseSeattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutch employees have been collecting essentials for patients staying at SCCA House and Pete Gross House during our third annual “Fill this House with Love” housing supply drive. The campaign started on Feb. 12 and runs through Feb. 26, and new household items from the Amazon wish list and boxes full of essentials like nonperishable food items are starting to pile up. These donated items will help offer comfort to the more than 1,500 patients and families who stay at the houses each year while they seek treatment far from home.

        Practical and important supplies such as coffee makers, luggage racks, and canned food items contribute to the welcoming environments at SCCA House and Pete Gross House, allowing families to focus on healing during their stay. Both houses provide patients and families with a home away from home during treatment, with areas to rest, exercise, and cook nutritious food. They also follow SCCA’s infection-control standards, an important aspect of promoting health for patients with compromised immune systems.

        You can help our employees make patients and families feel at home during their stay in Seattle by donating items from the housing program wish list. Your generous donation will be delivered directly to SCCA housing facilities and have an immediate, positive impact on our patients and families.

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          SCCA Clinical Trial Openings

          stemcellsListed below are clinical trials that have opened at SCCA in the last several weeks. These trials are looking at new treatments for patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors, metastatic sarcoma, acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and advanced merkel cell carcinoma. For more information about these trials, click on the links below.  Check out our website to learn about the more than 200 ongoing clinical trials at SCCA. And follow us on Twitter at @SCCA_Trials  for information about recently opened trials.

          MOXR0916 for Locally Advanced Or Metastatic Solid Tumors
          A Phase I, Open-Label, Dose-Escalation Study Of The Safety And Pharmacokinetics Of MOXR0916 Administered Intravenously As A Single Agent To Patients With Locally Advanced Or Metastatic Solid Tumors

          NY-ESO-1-specific T Cells for Metastatic NY-ESO-1-Expressing Sarcomas (2721)
          A pilot trial of NY-ESO-1-specific T cells in patients with metastatic NY-ESO-1-expressing sarcomas receiving palliative radiation

          Telemonitoring Outpatient Management Post Intensive Chemotherapy (9105)
          Integrating a Telemonitoring Device into the Outpatient Management of Adult Patients Following Intensive Chemotherapy for MDS and Non-APL AML: A Randomized Pilot Study

          MK-3475 for Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma (8269a)
          A Phase II Study of MK-3475 in Patients with Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC)

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