The Ride presents over $400,000 to 2019 Ride Scholars

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Madison, Wis. –

Dr. Hau Le, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was awarded The Ride Scholarship on January 18, 2020 at the Wisconsin Hockey’s 4th Annual Face-off Against Cancer game for his exemplary discoveries in 2019. This award will help fund Dr. Le’s further studies to develop a device to kill cancer cells during surgery at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Surgery is the main treatment for many types of cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove the entire tumor while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. But it is not always possible to remove all the cancer when it is close to or invades important adjacent organs. Patients who have cancer cells left behind after surgery often have worse outcomes or require additional treatments such as reoperation, radiation, and more intensive chemotherapy.

With funding from The Ride, Dr. Hau Le and his team will build a cold atmospheric plasma device capable of generating radicals that selectively kill cancer cells. The team will test this device on various cancer cell lines and normal cells to determine proper dosage. This project will help advance research toward creating a new treatment modality for patients who need surgery as well as for those whose cancers are inoperable.

The Ride was created in 2016 and has generated over $1.2 Million towards the University of Wisconsin’s cancer mission. The Ride delivers 100% of all rider-raised funds towards cancer initiatives made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.

Participants have the ability to register for any of the five routes (3-mile, 17-mile, 34-mile, 63-mile, 102-mile), which feature the same start and finish location. The 3-mile route, which caters to adults and children, will be solely contained within the American Family Insurance campus and will not utilize any public roads. In addition, the new site location and layout will offer increased participant on-site amenities such as parking, registration, packet pick-up, food and post-ride programming and entertainment.

Visit TheRideWI.org to learn more about the cycling benefit and how it drives critical cancer research and treatment programs at the University of Wisconsin.