Doctor to Cycle 100 Miles in Memory of Father

Dr. Matthew Kroh, MD will take part in VeloSano, an annual fundraising bike ride on behalf of Cleveland Clinic

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Matthew Kroh, M.D., chair of General Surgery in the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, will cycle 100 miles to raise cash for cancer research.

ABU DHABI: A UAE-based physician will embark on a 100-mile bike ride next month to support cancer research and in memory of his late father.

Matthew Kroh, M.D., plans to cycle 100 miles (161 kilometers) as part of VeloSano, a year-round, community driven fundraising initiative with the mission to advance lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.

The surgeon said: “I’ve taken part for four years now, but this year is especially challenging because I lost my father to esophageal cancer just three months ago.

“He received outstanding care at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in Ohio and I am immensely thankful for the expert and compassionate care he received.”

VeloSano is held annually on July 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio, the American city where the healthcare network is headquartered. But Dr. Kroh will undertake the challenge some 7,091 miles (11,412 kilometers) away, in Abu Dhabi – where temperatures next Sunday are forecast to reach 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius).

 يقود دراجته مسافة 100 ميل تخليداً لذكرى والده الراحل

د. ماثيو كروه يمثل كليفلاند كلينك في سباق “ڤيلو سانو” الخيري السنوي للدراجات

Dr. Kroh is Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Associate Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

VeloSano supports projects that build upon and transition recent advancements in cancer research into new diagnostics and therapeutics. Now in its fifth year, the initiative has already raised more than $12.5 million towards new and emerging cancer research at Cleveland Clinic, supporting clinical trials, genomics, and immunotherapy projects by bridging the funding gap between researchers and physicians. Almost 2,000 cyclists and more than 1,000 additional volunteers took part in last year’s event.

Cleveland Clinic’s $276 million Taussig Cancer Center was designed expressly to improve patient outcomes through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. The building houses 126 examination rooms and 98 treatment rooms, incorporating all oncology services underneath one roof. Part of Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, it is ranked seventh in the United States and best in Ohio for adult cancer care by American publisher and ratings company U.S. News and World Report.

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