The eighth annual Crush Problem bike journey is deliberate for Aug. 27, 2022, as a part of a daylong sequence of occasions to lift cash for UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart. The Crush Problem begins with 25- and 37-mile bike rides by the attractive Napa Valley. Registration remains to be open.

The deLeuze Household Charitable Basis and ZD Wines are internet hosting the fundraising occasion together with the most cancers middle. In 2021, the occasion raised $117,000 to assist advance analysis into unhazardous remedy for lymphoma.

Historical past of Crush Problem

Norman deLeuze, founding father of ZD Wines, was the inspiration for Crush Problem. Identified with an aggressive most cancers, the enduring Napa winemaker sought therapies past conventional radiation and chemotherapy with UC Davis oncologist Joseph Tuscano, who makes a speciality of cancers of the blood.

UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky and OB/GYN CAO Sherri Stone talking after bike ride
UC Davis Well being CEO David Lubarsky talks with fellow bicycle owner Sherri Stone, CAO, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology

As ZD Wines President Brett deLeuze explains, “My father, Norman, was identified with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After the prognosis, he went in quest of unhazardous therapies. Alongside his journey, he met Dr. Tuscano. The connection resulted within the institution of the UC Davis deLeuze Household Endowed Professorship centered on researching unhazardous cures for most cancers. Right this moment, Crush Problem continues to assist that analysis and the UC Davis Complete Most cancers Heart.”

Tuscano, who researches alternate options to treating lymphoma, found a naturopathic treatment that shrank deLeuze’s tumor and prolonged his life. Though deLeuze finally died from his most cancers, ZD Wines and the deLeuze household proceed Norman’s legacy by the institution of the deLeuze Household Endowed Professorship and the annual Crush Problem.

Prime groups earn recognition

The ZD Wines biking staff Zero Defects was the highest fundraising biking staff in 2021, with greater than $25,000 in donations generated final 12 months. However the 55-member UC Davis biking staff, co-captained by UC Davis Well being CEO David Lubarsky, wasn’t far behind with $16,554 raised.

“We’ve all been touched by most cancers indirectly, so it’s nice to staff up with others who’ve related experiences and practice collectively, as we work to finish the Crush Problem and lift cash and consciousness for the vital analysis that will save the lives of future most cancers sufferers,” Lubarsky stated.

Tuscano additionally cycles with the UC Davis staff and is grateful for the rising curiosity within the Crush Problem, which raises not solely funding but in addition consciousness concerning the vital significance of most cancers analysis.

“I see the faces of the victims of lymphoma and different blood cancers every day. However I additionally carry with me the kindness of these whose faces I’ll by no means see and but they assist us on this problem to ‘crush most cancers,’ and I’m grateful as a result of we can’t do it alone,” Tuscano stated.

Meals and wine for all

Non-cyclists benefit from the after-ride fundraising occasions, supporting the Crush Problem by shopping for tickets to a Barrel Tasting at ZD Wines in Rutherford and the energetic, music-filled Meals & Wine Backyard occasion on the North Yountville Park. Tickets to this 12 months’s ZD Wine Dinner, held within the night, have bought out. Nonetheless, a ready checklist is out there.


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