"Yay Austin for doing this! And Happy Birthday Emily!"
"If we could compare 50,000 genomes, we could cure cancer."
The Dragon Master Foundation was founded by Amanda Haddock to meet this challenge. Their mission is to develop and implement tools and technology that empower cancer researchers to collaborate more effectively.
The foundation's pilot project, Cavatica.org, is a new cloud-based environment for securely storing, sharing, and analyzing large volumes of pediatric brain tumor genomics data. Cavatica's open access, big data platform gives researchers an unprecedented way of seeing and using both genetic and clinical data for patients. While the current focus is on pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in children, future plans are to expand to other types of cancer and rare diseases.
In 2015, Amanda was recognized as a Champion of Change in the field of Precision Medicine, and this July, the foundation was invited to participate in Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot Summit. They play a critical role in the fight against cancer, and I am proud to support them in my first 10K race.
Cancer has profoundly affected my life, as it has my wife's -- as I'm sure it has for many of you. I have had family members and friends taken too soon, and I've had others beat the odds and survive this terrible disease. I run to honor those who have died, those who survived, and those who are still living with cancer.I invite you to join the fight against cancer. As thanks for your contribution, if you identify someone you know who died from cancer, survived it, or is still living with it, I will put their name on my shirt as I run this race in their honor.
Go Team Fired Up!
With thanks for your support,
Austin W. Bartlett
Cover photo courtesy of RunDisney.com.